Russian River Flooding: Evacuation orders may be lifted at noon

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People in the North Bay are now starting to deal with the damage and clean-up after the devastating flooding along the Russian River. 

Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency. 

The Russian River is expected to fall below flood stage this morning and officials are hoping to lift the mandatory evacuation orders for thousands of people. 

The Russian River reached a crest of 45.4 feet late Wednesday night, just short of the projected peak of 46 feet, according to officials. 

It is estimated that 2,000 homes, businesses and other buildings in Sonoma County have been flooded from the rising Russian River.

The flooding has left two communities virtual islands after days of stormy weather.

The towns hardest hit are Guerneville and Monte Rio after the river topped 46 feet late last night. 

The river frequently floods in rainy weather but it hadn’t reached that level for 25 years. 

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