Santa Rosa Flood Force Evacuations in the Bennett Valley; Closed Schools – CBS San Francisco


SANTA ROSA (CBS SF / BCN) – Residents of 95 homes and a four-unit apartment building in the Bennett Valley neighborhood of Santa Rosa were evacuated Sunday afternoon due to flooding, officials said. city.

Flooding in the area also prompted the Sonoma County Office of Education to cancel classes at schools in the Bennett Valley Union School District on Monday.

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Firefighters have been going door-to-door to brief homeowners in the Neotomas Avenue and Tachevah Drive, Brookhaven Drive, Tuscan Drive and Washoe Court neighborhoods, said Adriane Mertens, public information officer for Santa Rosa.

The city received several reports of flooding, downed trees and power lines early Sunday afternoon, according to Santa Rosa firefighters.

“We have several dozen homes that are currently being evacuated with the help of whitewater rescue teams, as well as our full-scale firefighters, moving door to door to keep people safe. danger as the waters continue to rise in this area, ”said Deputy Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal.

Raw video: evacuations in the Santa Rosa Bennett Valley area

Authorities have encouraged area residents to remove their belongings from the first floor and garage due to the rising waters. All residents of low lying areas were encouraged to do the same.

During the evacuations, residents of two houses needed help and the city called for help. City buses were also dispatched to assist evacuees.

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The city is working to lower the flood level. Debris is removed from the drainage areas and the drains will be cleaned so that the water can drain properly, Mertens said.

At 4:26 p.m., firefighters said water levels had dropped significantly, but road closures and evacuations would remain until precipitation rates declined.

Northeast of Santa Rosa, a vehicle crossed a flooded Slusser Road north of River Road and just south of Mark West Creek and became disabled. The California Highway Patrol said public works crews were closing the road at the time, but the driver bypassed workers and got stranded.

This is Slusser Road north of River Road. Sonoma County Transportation & Public Works was actively closing the road at this time, but the driver continued to move and got stuck. The driver got out unharmed but the vehicle will have to wait to be towed until the water level drops. (Photo: CHP)

The driver escaped the vehicle unharmed but will have to wait to be towed until the water level drops, the CHP said. Drivers are urged not to attempt to cross a flooded road, whether it is closed or not.

Updates on the storm can be found at srcity.org/october2021storm.

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