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Road closures and flood watches remain in effect

  • Graton volunteer firefighter Eddie Miranda helps Evelyn Lozoida and Berenice Lozoida, 3, to safety after the van they were travelling in got stuck along Graton Road, which was flooded by Atascadero Creek, in Graton, on Sunday, December 23, 2012.

    (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Even with blue sky, sunshine and a smattering of clouds forecast for today, the aftereffects of a ferocious storm were expected to linger.

The storm let up late Sunday after three days of blustery rainfall that pummeled the North Coast. Flooding and storm damage were expected to leave some roads closed, and hundreds of customers may remain without power in western Sonoma County.

The Russian River will continue to rise through this morning. A flood watch was in effect Sunday in Guerneville, where the river could crest early today near flood levels.

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Since Friday, storms have dropped between 1.5 inches of rain in low-lying areas and more than 8.5 inches in the hills.

"With the amount of water and wind we got, we really lucked out on this one," Monte Rio Fire Chief Steve Baxman said.

With soaked earth and gusty winds, trees crashed to the ground, closing roads from Sonoma to Mendocino. A 150-foot pine smashed the second story of a house in Forestville.

Cars skidded and crashed on slick roads, but no major injuries were reported. Residents of a north Healdsburg home mopped up about an inch of water that seeped inside.

Sonoma County road crews were out in force.

"It was quite a storm, but most of the flooding was in the usual spots," said Rob Silva, Sonoma County's roads operations manager.

Stony Point Road in Cotati was closed Sunday after a culvert collapsed during the vigorous storm. The 48-inch culvert caved in and left behind a 10-foot hole in the roadway in front of the Sports City indoor soccer complex south of Highway 116 near Madrone Avenue, county officials said.


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