Third storm in less than a week drenches Bay Area


Napa, Russian River flood warnings cancelled

Rivers across Northern California swelled, but officials say they did not flood as extensively as had been expected.

In Napa, where more than 8,000 sandbags and about 150 tons of sand were distributed before the storm, officials breathed a sigh of relief after the heaviest rain moved out of the area and the city appeared to avoid any major damage.

As a precaution, Veterans Memorial Park, Oxbow Preserve Park and the Riverfront Promenade will remain closed to the public for the remainder of the day.

Residents in low-lying or flood-prone areas were being advised to remain vigilant.

Rainfall and water levels in rivers and creeks can be monitored online at

The Russian River is also no longer expected to flood in Guerneville following Sunday's heavy rains, according to revised projections from the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service on Saturday had forecast that the river would reach flood stage in Guerneville, around 32 feet, around 2 a.m. Monday morning, and crest around noon that day at 35 feet.

However, after the storm, that projection was revised and the river is now expected to stay below flood stage, cresting at just over 27 feet around 4 a.m. Monday.

The highest recorded flood in Guerneville occurred in February 1986, when the river reached 49.5 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

20-foot sinkhole opens up on road in Lafayette

Crews are on the scene of road hazard in Lafayette where a fast-running creek did some major damage.

This is a nightmare for the people who live in the area because most of their utilities ran under the road that got washed away. When the road collapsed it snapped off a water service line, a water main, and a sewage line. A lone PG&E gas line survived.

Neighbors say it happened around 8:30 a.m. Sunday when the creek began flowing over Mountain View Drive and into the neighborhood.

City crews tell ABC7 News that piles of large debris plugged up the culvert and the force of the flood waters started washing away the earth between the culvert and the road. That's when the pavement collapsed on top of the utilities lines. The sinkhole took out about a 20-foot stretch of both lanes.

There could have been raw sewage running down the creek right now, but a county sanitation crew jumped into action, preventing that from happening.

The city still doesn't have an accurate read on how many homes are affected, but it says the residents will probably be without water throughout the night. This same culvert got plugged up and caused some serious flooding back in 1997.

Cleanup underway in SF after major storm

Neighbors in the Ingleside District of San Francisco got quite a scare Sunday morning when a large tree came crashing down a little after 8 a.m. Three sets of fences were damaged.

And downed trees could be found all after a third storm moved through the area. The city received 40 calls of either large downed trees or fallen limbs.

ABC7 News crews found trouble spots on Oak Street, but nothing was as serious as a tree that came down on Walnut Street near Laurel Village. There, a tree uprooted, pulling up a part of the sidewalk. It also damaged a Prius that was parked on the street.

In addition to downed trees, there were other problems in the city. A power pole snapped on 49th Avenue and Moraga streets.

And the Northern Police Station saw some serious street flooding, which came close to entering the building.

The San Francisco Department of Public Works says all is fine now Most of the damage has been cleaned up.

PG&E crews work to restore power

PG&E is working to restore power to more than 7,000 customers affected around the Bay Area.

As of Sunday evening, more than 1,800 in the East Bay are without power.

There are more than 2,500 people without power on the Peninsula and over 1,700 in the North Bay.

4,500 are affected in the South Bay. And 290 customers are without power in San Francisco.

(The Associated Press and Bay City News contributed to this report)

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