UPDATE: Flooding Projections Downgraded for Russian, Napa Rivers

Russian River expected to stay below flood stage Monday a.m.

UPDATE, 10 p.m. Sunday:

The Russian River is no longer expected to flood in Guerneville following Sunday's heavy rains, according to revised projections from the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service on Saturday had forecast that the river would reach flood stage in Guerneville, around 32 feet, around 2 a.m. Monday morning, and crest around noon that day at 35 feet.

However, after Sunday's storm, that projection was revised and the river is now expected to stay below flood stage, cresting at just over 27 feet around 4 a.m. Monday.

The highest recorded flood in Guerneville occurred in February 1986, when the river reached 49.5 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

Predictions of flooding on the Napa River were also downgraded Sunday, according to Napa city officials there.

The river was expected to crest in the city of Napa between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday evening and was projected to stay within its banks, community outreach coordinator Barry Martin said.

As a precaution, Veterans Memorial Park, Oxbow Preserve Park and the Riverfront Promenade were to remain closed to the public for the remainder of Sunday.

Residents in low-lying or flood-prone areas were being advised to
remain vigilant.

Rainfall and water levels in rivers and creeks can be monitored
online at http://napa.onerain.com/home.php.

ORIGINAL STORY, 10 a.m. Sunday

There are reports of numerous trees down, affecting power lines in Sonoma County as a major storm moves through the area today. Many are in the Santa Rosa area. Creeks and streams are also flooding, causing authorities to shut down some bridges and roads.

The northwestern part of the county, west of Santa Rosa, is particularly affected.

If you need to travel today, check the Sonoma County Public Works website and click on the Road Closure Map. The Highway Patrol traffic incident page is another resource to learn the location of any closures or accidents. If you refer to these pages more than once throughout the day, refresh the screen (hit "reload" in your "View" pull down menu) to get the most up-to-date information.

The Patch sites will bring you updates on weather related stories throughout the storms.


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