Storm Watch: December 2014

River Conditions Dec. 2014Dear Friends,

The winter storm coming into the Russian River area on Wednesday – Thursday December 10-11 is expected to be the biggest storm since 2008. High winds and some flooding is anticipated. The Russian River is expected to crest near 36 feet. Flooding generally begins at 32 feet. The heavy winds can create damage from falling branches and knock out power. It’s best to be prepared.

The following links are helpful to look at water levels:

National Weather Service

California/Nevada River Forecast Service

This second link is great as it discusses where flooding may occur at what stage.

In a nutshell, the river is expected to crest near 36 feet on Friday am December 12. Flooding begins at 32 feet.

If you live in the Russian River area, it is wise to make the following plans:

  • Look at the California/Nevada River Forecast and determine if your property is at risk
  • Move items out of low points including storage and cars
  • Make sure you have flashlights, batteries and alternative power sources if appropriate
  • Get a few gallons of drinking water
  • Make sure you have extra blankets
  • If you are on septic and in a low area, plan to use minimal water going down drains as septics can flood. Plan to do laundry before the storm.
  • Expect that access to and from your home may be limited for a day or two. Think about staying in or out. Have all food needed on hand.
  • Have an emergency plan in place for your family and loved ones. Don’t forget your pets!

If you live outside the Russian River area, it can be frustrating not knowing if your house is safe.
CALL ME or EMAIL ME. As soon as realistic, I am happy to go do an exterior check on your property to make sure that it is safe and will report back to you.

The weather is something we have no control over. Being prepared and staying connected is important. I care about you! I am never too busy to assist you or someone you know..
Stay safe and dry,

With gratitude and respect,


If you are looking to purchase a home, or wish to sell a property, or know someone considering this, please do let me know.  I look forward to continuing to work with you, your family, referrals. It is always a pleasure to be in touch.

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