Residents in Guerneville begin road to recovery after massive flooding

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Families in a tight-knit community in Guerneville are assessing the storm damage after they were allowed back into their neighborhood. 

Evacuation orders were lifted Friday following extreme rainfall and flooding of the Russian River.

Sonoma County officials estimate approximately $155 million in damages countywide, including 1,900 homes and 578 businesses.  

One couple chose to ride the storm out in their home along Highway 116. Lauren Cabitac and her husband Walter, watched as the river rose and streamed into their home. 

They say the storm damage is significant and their lower part of their home will have to be remolded. 

“I don’t really know, but I bet there’s probably at least 50 or 60-thousand in damage, “Cabitac said. 

The American Red Cross is passing out cleaning kits to residents to help disinfect their homes. 

The county also established flood debris drop-off sites to assist with the storm cleanup at the following locations: 

NON-TOXIC FLOOD DEBRIS DISPOSAL

Forestville/Rio Nido

  • Time/Dates: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2-4
  • Location: Forestville Park and Ride lot, 8820 River Road (at Mirabel Road)
  •  Location: Sunset Beach River Park, 11060 River Road

Guerneville  

  • Time/Dates: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2-4​​​​​​​
  • Location: Guerneville Park and Ride lot, 16514 Main St.​​​​​​​
  • Location: JK Amusement Center (Pee Wee Golf and Arcade), 16155 Drake Road

Monte Rio

  • Time/Dates: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2-4​​​​​​​
  • Location: Monte Rio Community Center, 20488 Highway 116

Cazadero

  • Time/Dates: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2-4​​​​​​​
  • Location: 6125 Cazadero Highway at Cazadero General Store

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