Russian River turned California town into an island after had risen to 45 feet
Last Thursday, rain had diminished around Northern California town of Guerneville caused the rise of the Russian River to more than 45 feet turning the town into an island.
Barry Dugan, spokesman of Sonoma County Emergency Operations Center said Wednesday night witnessed the cresting of the river at 45.31 feet leaving 4,500 residents isolated.
Most rivers remained above flood stage when rain was letting up at Northern California on the morning of Thursday.
Russian River expected to be above flood stage although it was falling at its highest level since late 1990s. According to Judson Jones, CNN Meteorologist Russian River expected to fall back below flood stage at Guerneville.
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"The roadways leading into the town along the river and across the river have been cut off by the rising floodwaters", Chris Godle - Sonoma County Emergency Manager said.
Hopefully, Fifty-nine people have been rescued although 2,000 homes have flooded.
"It is incredibly flooded. It is really nuts. You see just the rooftops popping over on the side of the road", Joe Pease cited.
"(The proclamation) is not just a sign that we have insufficient resources or we're overwhelmed, but instead that we recognize the true potential worst-case scenario here. And we want to make sure that we're mobilized effectively and fully to deal with that threat", Gov. Gavin Newsom said.