Listen: Russian River, Santa Rosa, Gern Ville discussed on Morning Edition
"Like we're out of Dan. Are you there? I just connecting was dropped. Okay. Well, we got you. Now, I was asking you about the status of the Russian river. Can you tell us what it is right about? Now. Yeah. The river has been rising is forecast. It's up at the northern end of this flood area, just low Cloverdale. It's it's nearing the P two or three feet above flood stage. They are down at gern Ville, it's about eight feet over flood stage right now, it's forty feet. And according to the forecast, it still has another six feet or so to go before late tonight when it's Oster cress. So what does this mean for the communities that have been told to leave? Well, what the sheriff's office is saying an emergency officials are saying that the evacuation order covers about four thousand people. This is a long stretch of river, but is relatively lightly populated. And so what this means number one is this is not the people probably miss their best opportunity to get out last night. But there there are sheriff's deputies and boats on standby if people need need help this morning and. If they they need to find someplace to go. There are a couple of evacuation centers of one is at the snow mccarey fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. There's another one at gern Bill in the I mean, I'm sorry. Not in Guerneville. There's another one in. Well, hold on. We just got a new message from the sheriff's office. Right. Santa Rosa vets building and the Healdsburg community center, right, right? And the national weather service issued a latest forecast this morning for the Russian river. What does the forecast say we should expect today? Well, as we were just saying the the rivers continuing to rise. And what's remarkable about the forecast is that it stayed pretty stable? So the forecast was set at about forty six feet yesterday. That's fourteen feet above flood level, and it stayed right there. So the river is still rising and people can expect to to see that continue as forecast for the rest of the day. And are we hearing from emergency officials in sonoma's county of about, you know, the response in how people should be processing this. Yeah. Well, the main message last night was to get out. And in fact, sheriff Mark Essex held a press conference last night where he had advice for people who might find themselves. Stuck in in in rising waters. If you are trapped in your life threatening situation, please."