s
s
Sections
Sections
Subscribe

Where to get your sandbags filled

Cities typically offer free sandbag filling stations at their corporation yards. In some cases, like Santa Rosa, residents are required to provide proof of residency.

Napa County

Memorial Stadium, 1340 Menlo Ave., Napa (details) (Napa County waterway levels)

Mendocino County

Office of Emergency Services doesn't forecast major flooding (Navarro River levels), but sandbags are available here:

  • Fort Bragg Fire
  • Laytonville/Long Valley Fire
  • Brooktrails Fire
  • Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire
  • Potter Valley Fire
  • Hopland Fire
  • Friedman's Home Improvement

Marin County

Novato (novato.org/sandbags)

  • City of Novato corporation yard, 550 Davidson St.
  • Hamilton Theater, 507 S Palm Dr.
  • Dogbone Meadow Dog Park, Novato Boulevard at Copper Hill Way

Sonoma County

Santa Rosa

  • Municipal Services Center, 55 Stony Point Road (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
  • Friedman Brothers, 4055 Santa Rosa Ave.
  • Home Depot, 100 Bicentennial Way
  • Grab N’ Grow, 2759 Llano Road

Sebastopol: 707-823-1153

Healdsburg: 707-431-3346

Sonoma: 707-938-3332

Petaluma: 707-778-4303

Rohnert Park: 707-588-3300

Cotati

  • Shamrock Building Materials, 8150 Gravenstein Highway
  • Stony Point Rock Quarry, 7171 Stony Point Road

Forestville: Forestville Fire Department, 6554 Mirabel Road

Geyserville: Geyserville Fire District, 20975 Geyserville Ave.

Guerneville: Russian River Fire Protection, 14100 Armstrong Woods Road

Healdsburg: Garrett Hardware, 1340 Healdsburg Ave.

Monte Rio: Monte Rio Fire Department, 9870 Main St.

Petaluma

  • Friedman Brothers, 429 N. McDowell Blvd.
  • Sequoia Landscape Materials, 1330 King St.

Rohnert Park: Home Depot, 4825 Redwood Drive

Sonoma

  • Friedman Brothers, 1360 Broadway Ave.
  • Sonoma Materials, 21040 Broadway Ave.
  • Soils Plus, 4343 Stage Gulch Road

Windsor

  • Garrett Hardware, 10540 Old Redwood Highway
  • Home Depot, 16280 Hembree Lane


This story originally appeared on PressDemocrat.com at pressdemocrat.com/news/6511283-181/russian-river-expected-to-flood.

North Coast residents are being urged to prepare for a potent winter storm expected to make landfall Saturday even as meteorologists say they need another day to be sure which parts of the Bay Area will bear the brunt of its fury.

Four to five inches of rain is predicted to fall on most North Coast cities, enough to send the Russian River, Napa River and Navarro River over flood stage, and trigger road closures and power outages.

But forecasters caution that even a slight shift northward of the atmospheric river flowing toward the Bay Area could mean significantly higher rainfall totals and local impacts.

“Unfortunately, we really won’t know that until we see the whites of its eyes and it makes landfall,” said Brian Garcia, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Monterey.

At the moment, the best models show the system hitting Big Sur and Santa Cruz hardest, with the highest peaks in those areas potentially receiving more than a foot of rain.

But forecasters won’t really know for sure until Friday where the most intense areas of moisture will land, Garcia said. That means North Bay residents need to be prepared for local totals to go even higher, triggering more intense flooding and power outages.

“I’m just hoping people are preparing well ahead of time for a worst-case scenario,” Garcia said.

Residents of the Mirabel RV Park and Campground weren’t taking any chances.

The owners of the Forestville park have ordered everyone living in the 25 trailers on the property to begin preparations to evacuate, said camp host Lora Meeks. The lowest spot in the campground starts to flood when the river hits 28 feet, and because the river is forecast to rise well above that, everyone must leave, Meeks said.

“We’ve been doing this for so long, we pretty much know when to leave,” Meeks said.

The Russian River is currently forecast to begin rising sharply at Guerneville around 2 p.m. Saturday and crest at 33.4 feet at 3 p.m. Monday, more than a foot over the 32-foot flood stage. The river should then drop back below flood stage by 1 a.m. Tuesday.

That flood prediction is a change from Wednesday, when the river was forecast to crest several feet below flood stage. The latest forecast shifted the storm track more to the north, resulting in the revision, Garcia said.

That level of flooding, however, is considered moderate and only likely to impact the lowest-lying areas of Guerneville and Monte Rio.

“It doesn’t mean that we’re going to have thousands of people in shelters,” said Christopher Helgren, Sonoma County’s emergency manager.

Nevertheless, Helgren urged people to take precautions. The department encourages all residents to keep 72 hours’ worth of essential supplies on hand, including emergency water, food, blankets and lights.

For comparison, the river topped 36 feet in 2014 and 48 feet in 1986 and 1995, the latter two events causing widespread devastation.

The Napa River is forecast to crest just above its 16-foot flood stage in St. Helena at 2 p.m. Sunday, but by the time it gets to Napa, the river is expected to remain 5 feet below its 25-foot flood stage.

The Navarro River was facing the worst flooding, expected to crest at 7 p.m. Sunday at 32.5 feet several miles inland from the coast, or 9.5 feet above flood stage.

Where to get your sandbags filled

Cities typically offer free sandbag filling stations at their corporation yards. In some cases, like Santa Rosa, residents are required to provide proof of residency.

Napa County

Memorial Stadium, 1340 Menlo Ave., Napa (details) (Napa County waterway levels)

Mendocino County

Office of Emergency Services doesn't forecast major flooding (Navarro River levels), but sandbags are available here:

  • Fort Bragg Fire
  • Laytonville/Long Valley Fire
  • Brooktrails Fire
  • Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire
  • Potter Valley Fire
  • Hopland Fire
  • Friedman's Home Improvement

Marin County

Novato (novato.org/sandbags)

  • City of Novato corporation yard, 550 Davidson St.
  • Hamilton Theater, 507 S Palm Dr.
  • Dogbone Meadow Dog Park, Novato Boulevard at Copper Hill Way

Sonoma County

Santa Rosa

  • Municipal Services Center, 55 Stony Point Road (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
  • Friedman Brothers, 4055 Santa Rosa Ave.
  • Home Depot, 100 Bicentennial Way
  • Grab N’ Grow, 2759 Llano Road

Sebastopol: 707-823-1153

Healdsburg: 707-431-3346

Sonoma: 707-938-3332

Petaluma: 707-778-4303

Rohnert Park: 707-588-3300

Cotati

  • Shamrock Building Materials, 8150 Gravenstein Highway
  • Stony Point Rock Quarry, 7171 Stony Point Road

Forestville: Forestville Fire Department, 6554 Mirabel Road

Geyserville: Geyserville Fire District, 20975 Geyserville Ave.

Guerneville: Russian River Fire Protection, 14100 Armstrong Woods Road

Healdsburg: Garrett Hardware, 1340 Healdsburg Ave.

Monte Rio: Monte Rio Fire Department, 9870 Main St.

Petaluma

  • Friedman Brothers, 429 N. McDowell Blvd.
  • Sequoia Landscape Materials, 1330 King St.

Rohnert Park: Home Depot, 4825 Redwood Drive

Sonoma

  • Friedman Brothers, 1360 Broadway Ave.
  • Sonoma Materials, 21040 Broadway Ave.
  • Soils Plus, 4343 Stage Gulch Road

Windsor

  • Garrett Hardware, 10540 Old Redwood Highway
  • Home Depot, 16280 Hembree Lane


This story originally appeared on PressDemocrat.com at pressdemocrat.com/news/6511283-181/russian-river-expected-to-flood.

“The majority of disruption to businesses specifically should be due to closure of Highway 128,” said Rick Ehlert, Mendocino County emergency services coordinator, on Friday. “Right now, it is looking like Highway 128 will close due to flooding in the Navarro River area Saturday night and may remain closed into Wednesday.”

The decision on when the highway is closed and reopened will be made by CalTrans, Ehlert said.

The Navarro River area where flooding is expected is largely rural, and there are few physical business locations or residents there, he said.

“At this time no structures are expected to be damaged by flooding,” Ehlert said.

The Navarro River area when flooding is expected to occur is largely rural and there are few physical business locations or residents within the area.

Total rainfall expected in Sonoma County ranged from 3.4 inches in Petaluma to 4.8 inches in Cloverdale, with Santa Rosa in between at 3.9 inches. The famously wet Venado, in the hills west of Healdsburg, is expected to receive more than 7 inches.

The predicted totals, if they hold, are not significantly higher than those the county saw in the most recent storm, but the impacts should be greater because the ground is now completely saturated, said Steve Anderson, National Weather Service forecaster. Combined with winds of up to 30 mph, this storm should pack significantly more punch, he said.

“There will be more widespread power outages due to downed trees, more debris on roads, and creeks and rivers will rise much faster than the last storm,” Anderson said.

County road crews were clearing culverts, stabilizing road shoulders and filling potholes in preparation for the storm, said Rob Houweling, manager of the road maintenance division. Over the weekend, they’ll be closely watching low-lying roads such as Mark West Station Road, Slusser Road, Healdsburg Trenton Road, Green Valley Road, Valley Ford Freestone Road and Valley Ford Road, closing them when necessary.

For the latest information on closures, go to roadconditions.sonoma-county.org.

For information about where to fill sandbags, visit sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/Sandbag-Pickup-Locations.

Fire crews around the county have been reviewing their protocols for water rescues, which have become all too common as drivers find themselves stuck in rain-swollen roads despite clear closure warnings.

“It’s amazing how many times I’ve seen people go past two different barricades and then get stranded in the water,” said Schell Vista Fire Chief Ray Mulas. “I have no idea what they are thinking.”

Jeff Quackenbush of North Bay Business Journal contributed to this report.