Dangerous Flooding Forces Evacuations Throughout Northern California

The historic rain continued to pound many areas of Northern California through the night on Tuesday, causing major flooding in multiple communities. With rivers cresting over their flood stage, some NorCal communities were served with evacuation notices in the anticipation of dangerous flooding.

Let’s take a look at the most significant flooding incidents around NorCal:

Sonoma County

By far the worst situation in Northern California sits in Guerneville, where the flooding of the Russian River has closed all the roads in and out of the town of 4,500 people, essentially turning it into an island.

Evacuations remain in place on Wednesday as the river is forecast to overflow by 14 feet, causing the worst floods the area has seen in 24 years.


The town has seen over 20 inches of rain in just 48 hours.

Although the town remains gridlocked, the locals, who are no stranger to floods, seem to be keeping a positive attitude:

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Butte County

In Butte County, the Sheriff’s Department has issued mandatory evacuations of the area of Nord Cana Highway and Wilson Landing Road due to flooding at Rock Creek. There have also been flood warnings issued around Chico due to flooding of Little Chico Creek, Cherokee Canal and the Keefer Slough.

Follow the Butte County Sheriff on Twitter for up to date evacuation orders.

Meanwhile, on Chico State campus, the little Chico Creek is flooding into the main area. As of right now, school remains in session:

Shasta County

In Redding, residents were alerted on Tuesday night that mandatory evacuations were in place near Olney Creek in South Redding:

Residents were given very little time to evacuate and must now wait out the rain in hopes that their houses aren’t damaged:

The rain is expected to continue through Wednesday night and taper off on Thursday morning. Another large storm is forecasted to hit NorCal on Saturday and last through next week.

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