Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to discuss flood cleanup in special meeting

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The rising call for help with debris removal and flood cleanup along the lower Russian River has led to a special Thursday meeting for the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, who represents the region, said she would ask board members to allocate funds to assist with debris removal.

So far, county officials have been noncommittal about government help with the cleanup, pending a decision on whether the disaster qualified for state and federal dollars.

“Unfortunately it looks like state and federal government aren’t going to help us here with debris removal,” Hopkins posted Tuesday on Facebook. “So we need to take matters into our own hands.”

The 9 a.m. meeting is in the Board of Supervisors’ chambers at 575 Administration Drive in Santa Rosa. A 4/5 vote will be needed to authorize the county spending on flood cleanup, Hopkins said.

The storm caused an estimated $155 million in damage, affecting 2,600 homes and more than 570 businesses, according to the county.

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