Northern California River Floods 2000 Buildings

Northern California River Floods 2000 Buildings

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office issued a mandatory evacuation order Tuesday afternoon, when the river was first predicted to surpass its flood stage.

People living near the river were ordered to evacuate Tuesday ahead of the flooding.

"I feel so helpless just sitting here and waiting before I can go back and start salvaging whatever I can", Orr said in text messages to The Associated Press before preparing for a friend to take him by canoe to work at the Main Street Bistro, one of the few places in town that did not flood.

"When there's a flood in Sonoma County and it's on the Russian River, it's usually the worst in Guerneville", he said. The nearby town of Monte Rio was also isolated by floodwaters and all roads leading to it were swamped. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) A view of a flooded vineyard near Guerneville (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Left, homes and businesses in a flooded neighborhood in Guerneville. The record is 49.5 feet, set in 1986, the National Weather Service says.

Click through the slideshow above for an aerial perspective of the event.

The town has officially been deemed an island, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

Thousands of people in Northern California evacuated their homes Tuesday amid torrential rain and heavy snow.

The Russian River historically has been prone to flooding, said Barry Dugan, spokesman for the Sonoma County Water Agency.

Emergency crews always warn people against ever driving through water over 1ft (30cm) deep.

Essick said 17 deputies who are in the flood area made two water rescues Wednesday night. Service on Amtrak's California Zephyr between Reno and Sacramento, California, has been suspended until weather conditions improve, Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said.

"Anything that's been flooded you've got to rip it out, sanitize everything.and rebuild", he said, but added nonchalantly: "Everything's fixable".

A vehicle sits underwater in a flooded neighborhood of Forestville, California, on February 27, 2019. As roadways became streams and rivers, cars were replaced by paddleboards, canoes, rowboats - and, in at least one case, an oar-driven dumpster.

Last week, before the storm, the river was at about 13 feet.

Bridges said this flood was the fourth he's experienced in 33 years, and the locals took the disaster calmly. About 3,500 people were under evacuation orders.

With more rain forecast later, a flood warning was in effect for parts of the area, the weather service said. Jeff Bridges, a hotel co-owner who is president of the Russian River Chamber of Commerce, spent Wednesday canoeing through town and gave a ride to a couple and their dog who were stranded in a low-lying apartment. "We're not trying to have people stand on their roofs and get saved in the middle of the night", Gore said Tuesday.

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