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Storm closes roads, cuts power around Sonoma County (w/video)

  • A truck drives through flood waters crossing a section of Mark West Station Road, west of the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Windsor on Feb. 8, 2014. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

The weekend's wet weather so welcomed by Sonoma County water supply managers also wreaked havoc, with car crashes, downed trees, power outages and even a dramatic creek rescue Sunday.

More than 15 inches of inches of rain fell in Cazadero, the wettest spot in the county, since the storm moved in Friday, according to Steve Wistar, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.

Guerneville received 13.89 inches, Sonoma got 12.29, Santa Rosa 7.87, and 4.45 inches fell on Petaluma, Wistar said.

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Except for a possible stray shower Monday morning, no rain was expected before Thursday, Wistar said.

Despite the drenching, the rain was not nearly enough to end this winter's drought. Normally, about 23.5 inches would have fallen by this point in the rain year, which begins July 1, according to the National Weather Service. About 9.16 inches have fallen this year.

Even so, the rapid increase in flow level on the Russian River was exciting to witness, Sonoma County Water Agency spokesman Brad Sherwood said.

"We went from 40 cubic feet per second feet Friday to a little over 100 on Saturday to now over 10,000," Sherwood said Sunday evening, citing flow rates at Healdsburg. "It's crazy."

The Russian River was expected to have crested at 8.7 feet around 11 a.m. Sunday at Healdsburg, according to the California Nevada River Forecast Center. That's still well shy of flood stage of 23 feet.

Further downstream, the river was expected to crest at Guerneville around 11 p.m. Sunday at just under 19 feet, also well below its flood stage of 32 feet, the center said.

Projections show the river level dropping steadily over the next several days as the rain tapers off, but remaining significantly higher than previous weeks.

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