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on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 in Public Affairs and Local News

The Mendocino County Sheriff's office says the effects of this major storm should last through Friday, December 12th. Sheriff's Captain Greg Van Patten says it is predicted to be the worst storm in California within the last five years. And flooding along the Russian River could rival a severe flood event in 1940.


CAPTAIN VAN PATTON: The significant details of the storm is that we're expecting to have a Surf Advisory for the coastal areas with high winds in the upper elevations and up to 8” of rain in the majority of Mendocino County.


Specific to the Navarro River at Navarro. It's forecast to reach the flood stage at 8am on Thursday with waters receding at 8am on Friday. The river is anticipated to peak at 33½' at 6pm on Thursday evening. This will impact the specific area as far as water flowing over banks of the river approximately one mile east of Highway 128. It's expected to flood property in this general area and possible several homes. Complete closure of 128 is already expected during this time.


The Russian River at Hopland is forecast to reach flood stage at 8am on Thursday. And we expect the water to recede at 8pm on Thursday. The river is anticipated to peak at a little over 24' at 4pm on Thursday. The impacts of this specific area is severe bank erosion, is likely, with widespread flooding, farmland, buildings and low-lying homes in the areas of Hopland, Ukiah and Talmage. Many secondary roads are expected to be flooded also. It has been noted that this level of flooding caused approximately 6100 acres to flood in February of 1940.


There is a warning that we are sending out to the community. Do not drive on or across roadways where water is flowing or rising. Water flowing can wear away the roadway surface and cause your vehicle to sink into deeper water. Flowing and/or rising water can carry your vehicle away swiftly which can result in serious injury or death to the occupants of the vehicle.



* Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire Department
* Potter Valley Fire Department
* Hopland Fire Department
* Fort Bragg Fire Department
* Freidman Brothers (Ukiah)
* Mendocino Co. General Services Agency (841 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA)
* Willits Justice Center located at 125 East Commercial Street.

Be prepared to fill your own bags. If you have any other questions regarding obtaining sand/bags please call Nick at (707) 467-6497 or (707) 463-5667.

Keep current on the latest information by visiting the Mendocino Sheriff's Department Facebook page and on Twitter The Instagram account is , just like the Twitter account. And this is primarily for smartphones. You can also visit

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Bus routes are changing due to predicted storm impacts. Today (Wednesday) the Mendocino Transit Authority buses will run their regular schedule. Tomorrow a whole section of the coast will probably be blocked due to flooding at the Garcia River.

According to MTA's Glenna Blake, anyone wanting to travel by bus into Gualala should do it today, as tomorrow it will be difficult to get there by road, except possibly by bus from Point Arena. But access to Gualala from Ukiah or Fort Bragg will mostly likely not be available tomorrow. The bus schedule today is probably not going to be interrupted. Tomorrow, however is a different story.

Tomorrow Route 60, the Coaster, plans to run both AM and PM service between Fort Bragg and Navarro River, but will NOT offer service between Gualala and Fort Bragg due to the impending flooding of the Garcia River.

Tomorrow Route 75 plans to provide regular service between Navarro River Junction and Ukiah, unless impacted by the flooding via the route along the Navarro River. Since the Navarro River is predicted to flood Hwy 128, and Hwy 128 may be subject to closure, the MTA can not guarantee that the bus service will be available. They do plan to offer service tomorrow on on Route 75 between Gualala and Point Arena.

For the latest bus schedule information, you can visit the MTA web page at, or call 1.800.696.4MTA.

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