North Bay sees first rain of storm

January 3, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
The first of the storms struck this morning in the North Bay -- bringing rain to Sonoma County.

The people who live along the Petaluma River should have nothing to worry about because the river was recently dredged. But for some further south, these kinds of storms bring back some bad memories.

Not a bad day for kayaking on the Petaluma River as long as you time your exercise to avoid the storms.

"I played the weather charts pretty well. I didn't want to get up way too early because it's real cold in the dark and I knew it would be windy, but I wanted to get it in before the rains came." said Patrick Campbell, kayaker.

Heading southbound 101 to Marin County, and then going a bit west, you find San Anselmo. Two years ago four feet of water surged through the downtown area. To minimize the damage from that type of event, they're doing everything they can now. Handing out sandbags to people like Bill Edwards - who didn't have enough for the floods of 2005.

"We are protecting a building with 12 units in it -- front and back entrance. Last time it flooded and this time we are going to try and to stop it," said Bill Edwards, maintenance man.

They've also updated the Marin emergency automated notification system.

"The system from before was designed to notify residents, but since some business owners don't live in the San Anselmo area, they can give us the information for proper notification to them, to notify them incase there is an imminent flood," said Cpl. Julie Gorwood, San Anselmo police department.

There is also a way to go on the town website, and monitor the level of San Anselmo Creek, to see how close to flooding it gets. In the wee hours this morning, the Coast Guard prepared to go out to check firsthand the conditions out to sea.

"There's going to be swells kind of coming from different directions -- its going to be like a washing machine out there. You're going to be getting hit from all directions, you're going to be getting knocked around," said Petty Ofc. Kevin Neff, U.S. Coast Guard.