Thursday, March 30, 2023

The Storm Descends: Mudslides, Flooded Roadways, Power Outages, Fallen Trees, and a Water Rescue

A precipitation totals map from the NWS in Eureka

Residents of the Emerald Triangle are hunkering down this morning as the anticipated atmospheric river as 1’’-5’’ of rain has fallen on the parched earth.

A precipitation map from the National Weather Service in Eureka describes Mendocino County experiencing between 3-4 inches of rain in the last 24 hours in some locations. There are small sections of the precipitation map that indicate rain amounts could have gotten near 5’’.

The southern ends of both Humboldt County and Trinity County are experiencing similar totals but the storm’s saturation is diminishing in the northern reaches of those counties.

Power outages currently affecting Mendocino County [Screenshot from the PG&E Outage map]

Multiple localized power outages are currently affecting Mendocino County residents, the most significant of which is affecting Comptche proper and areas north and south where approximately 296 residents are without power.

More localized power outages are affecting residents in Fort Bragg, along Highway 20, in Willits, a series of residences southwest of Hendy Woods State Park, and multiple others.

The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority has reported on their Facebook page that that streams, creeks, and the Russian River are rising and fire personnel actually had to conduct a water rescue this morning for a man walking his dog.

As of 9:31 a.m., a mudslide has reportedly closed Marina Drive near the intersection with Eastside Calpella Road. This is the area near the origin and burn scar of the Hopkins Fire.

As of 9:34 a.m., there is reportedly large rocks blocking the eastbound lane of Highway 175 block traffic.

Robinson Creek Road off of Highway 253 is currently impassible due to a large boulder blocking the roadway. Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall sent us this image and said the boulder is approximately 5′ tall and 8′ wide.

A large boulder blocking Robinson Creek Road [Photograph from Sheriff Matt Kendall]

As of 9:35 a.m., there is reportedly a tree in the southbound lane of Highway 101 south of Hopland north of the rock shop.

At approximately 7:45 a.m. the #2 lane of Highway 101 and Uva Drive was reported flooded due to a clogged drain.

A traffic collision on Highway 101 south of Hopland near Frog Woman Rock resulted in an SUV off the roadway.

For residents hoping to keep abreast of the changing conditions over the next 24 hours, the following links will provide vital information:



  1. My rain gauge is approaching 3,5 inches for the Fort Bragg area on Sunday, October 24, 2021 just past noon. Should reach 4 inches by the end of the day. I have recorded 7.9 inches since October 17, 2021. As I expected, having grown up in California. (Stratus rain gauge).

  2. I think the man and dog rescue was a transient and his dog who were sleeping near a creek and the rising water cut them off.

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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