SEBASTOPOL (KRON) — With very little time to evacuate, Ki Daniels grabbed what she could and tossed it into her SUV.
Daniels walked away from her Monte Rio home with only a few things — some important paperwork, her manuscript and medications.
“I have the clothes on my back and my vehicle,” Daniels said. “That is what I have.”
Video from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, shows how high the water got in Monte Rio. Right now, Daniels does not know how bad the damage is at her home.
“My understanding is it is all devastated,” she said.
She is one of 40 people staying at the Red Cross Shelter at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, where people can eat, sleep and get help.
Sonoma County is now becoming an expert at caring for disaster victims.
“It gives us an opportunity to demonstrate the resilience of human nature,” Daniels said.
Daniels already lost everything when the Tubbs Fire burned down the home she was moving into in Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park.
Her Monte Rio home was a place to start over, and now she’ll be on the move again.
Daniels says she will always be Sonoma County strong — neither fire or flood will destroy her spirit.
“I think living through two devastations at this point, you start to learn not to get too attached to material things in this world,” she said. “I would say the most precious things I have left are my memories.”
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