As the overflowing Russian River begins to recede Thursday, authorities are assessing the damage and many Sonoma County residents remain marooned.
An estimated 2,000 homes and other buildings have flooded in and around Guerneville, Monte Rio, and Forestville. Dane Pitcher of Healdsburg's Raford Inn tells the LA Times that he and his wife were prepared for this, and while they're stuck in the inn with a new 100-acre lake out front, this isn't the first time they've watched the river top its banks.
ABC 7's Amy Hollyfield got as far as the Farmhouse Inn on River Road in Forestville, which had to be evacuated Wednesday as flooding reached its driveway. One guest's rental vehicle remained trapped there because it didn't get out in time.
The Farmhouse Inn's Catherine Bartolomei tells the LA Times, "Between the fires and everything else, it’s flipping killing us."
The region was of course very recently hit hard by wildfires, in the fall of 2017.
The Russian River was expected to crest at 46 feet Wednesday night, though an exact final height number has yet to be circulated. That makes this the worst flood the area has seen since 1995, when the river crested at 48 feet.
Evacuees from Guerneville, Sebastopol and elsewhere are staying in emergency shelters until they're able to return home.
Cleanup and recovery efforts won't begin until Friday, after the river is expected to return to its banks by tonight.
Meanwhile in Napa, the Napa River crested at 26 feet yesterday, and caused only minimal damage. As ABC 7 reports, the $400 million Oxbow Flood Control bypass in downtown Napa appeared to have done its intended job, keeping floodwaters out of town.