Heavy rains pounded Hopper Creek in Yountville on and off for most of Friday, prompting neighbors to keep a worried eye on the rising water.
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"It's kind of exciting, but scary at the same time," said Sara Pack, who lives in Yountville.
"I hope it doesn't overflow too much. I hope it doesn't get to our house," said another local resident.
Many went down to the creek to see how high it is and to guess how close it will come to their home.
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"We've had it come all the way up to the door. We've had to get sandbags before," said Juan Caldillo, who also lives in the area.
"It doesn't do any damage, it just makes a little mess and gets wet and muddy," he said.
A million dollar drainage project has widened the channel, and although it has reduced the risk to homes, neighborhood streets are another matter.
"I think we would say we're on the storm watch like everybody else. We have the potential, the crest is swollen and the ground is saturated. If we get a peak storm cell in the hills or something, it could have an affect," said City Manager Steven Rogers.
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Wohler Road flooding in Sonoma County pic.twitter.com/AaJTG0yfD7— Melanie Woodrow (@MelanieWoodrow) March 12, 2016
Dry creek in Yountville swollen and headed for crest. pic.twitter.com/PwBWe8zEhZ— Eric Thomas (@ericthomaskgo) March 11, 2016
Sign on Mulberry St in Yountville where Dry Creek may flood. pic.twitter.com/jUlXXbM5cE— Eric Thomas (@ericthomaskgo) March 11, 2016
Near summit rd and hwy 17 Chp puts out flares as precaution for drivers to take it slow pic.twitter.com/G98Q2Fizl8— Janet O (@JanetONews) March 11, 2016
Russian River at Guernville will reach flood stage today and peak tomorrow morning at 34' pic.twitter.com/nmSy6eKjwH— Mike Nicco (@MikeNiccoABC7) March 11, 2016