County of Mendocino Warns of Flood Watch for Russian and Navarro River

The following is a press release issued by the County of Mendocino:

The Russian River rises in the area of the Hopkins Fire burn scar [Picture by Matt LaFever]

NWS warns of potential for small stream and urban flooding as light rains continue through the evening. Anticipate flooding along roadways, debris, and downed trees. National Weather Service has issued Flood Watches for the following two areas:

Russian River at Hopland (HOPC1):

Navarro River at Navarro (NVRC1):

Possibility of flooding on HWY 175 and HWY 128.

Road Closures: State Route 1 closed near Garcia River at post mark 17.5 – 18.5 due to flooding. No estimated time of opening.

CalTrans and Mendocino County DOT have been responding to debris throughout the day. Remember, never drive through flood waters. If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous. Do not touch or try to move it—keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines immediately by calling 911 and by calling PG&E at 1-800-743-5002. PG&E continues to restore all power outages as they occur. Go to to view latest power outages and preparedness information.

DEBRIS FLOW WARNING SIGNS: Listen and watch for rushing water, mud, and/or unusual sounds. Unusual sounds, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together, might indicate moving debris. A faint rumbling sound that increases in volume is noticeable as landslides near. Movement of fences, retaining walls, utility poles, boulders, or trees. Report debris flows to 9-1-1 Again, please use caution if you’re driving and stay home if possible. Don’t Drown, Turn Around!

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