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Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency in five counties due to storms

Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in five counties Thursday due to the severe storms hitting Northern California. 

Gov. Newsom issued an emergency proclamation for the counties of Amador, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma. 

The proclamation will help communities respond to and recover from dangerous flooding, mudslides and damage to critical infrastructure.

Gov. Newsom previously declared an emergency for 21 counties across the state due to storms.

Floodwaters turned two Northern California communities into islands have started receding after inundating about 2,000 buildings.

The Russian River reached about 46 feet Wednesday night, its highest level in 25 years. The water is not expected to return to the river's banks until late Thursday.

The town of Guerneville and neighboring community Monte Rio are cut off by flooded roads. Some places were standing in 8 feet of water.

About 3,500 people living near the river were told to evacuate.

Drone video courtesy: Zachary Peterson

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