Status Update Lake County

The National Weather Service has issued an updated flood warning that is in effect through 4pm Thursday.  (Lake levels are projected to continue rising.)

Rain is expected to continue Wednesday, with a break on Thursday, followed by more chances of showers on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is forecast to bring sunny weather, followed by a slight chance of showers on Monday.

Below is an update was made for you at 5:45am 2/21 with some minor updates at 6am on Wednesday 2/22:
– Road closures, flooding or slides
– Evacuations
– Boating / lake status
– Hidden Valley levee update
– Health advisory regarding flood water
– Sandbag status

I know many of you would like to see pictures of what is happening out there so here is a link to an amazing photographer, Kent Porter of the Press Democrat.

ROAD CLOSURES, FLOOD OR SLIDES

A separate page was created for traffic information.  Please be careful out there.  Click here for details.

EVACUATIONS

Lakeport

As of Monday, February 20, 2017 4:16 PM mandatory evacuations due to rising flood waters in effect in the following areas:

– Lucky Four Resort mobile home park, 1060 N. Main St.
– Aqua Village Mobile Home Park, 1350 S.Main St.
– Willow Point Resort, 1 First St.
– Esplanade Street from Main Street to K Street.

Big Valley Rancheria, Lands End, Corinthian Bay and Soda Bay

Residents near the Big Valley Rancheria, Lands’ End, Corinthian Bay, Soda Bay and other nearby areas are urged to evacuate before road to exit floods.

Clear Lake Oaks and Clear Lake Oaks Keys and other nearby areas

Residents in the Clear Lake Oaks and Clear Lake Oaks Keys and other nearby areas are urged to evacuate before road to exit floods.

For residents impacted by the flooding, the following information numbers have been made available.

– Evacuating residents are advised to gather their medications, pets, and important papers.  See this checklist for suggestions.
– The city of Lakeport has designated 707-263-5614 as a line for community members with questions.
– Red Cross’ temporary shelter for evacuees at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 1111 Park Way in Lakeport, can be reached at 707-263-6002. Pets will be allowed at the shelter.
– Lake County Animal Care and Control has set up an information line for residents needing help and information related to animals and the evacuation at 707-245-5276.
– Lakeport police and public works will be in the evacuation areas for anyone needing assistance.

BOATING / LAKE STATUS

ALL boating has been banned on Clear lake for the next 60 days.

Clear Lake is at flood stage.  Here is the link for the most current status Clear Lake from the California Nevada River Forecast Center.

The area has not seen the water this high since 1998.  Here’s an article from 1998 when the flooding reached the levels the lake is at today.    I think it is interesting to look back in the time capsule.  =)

The lake, which passed the 9-foot Rumsey flood stage nearly two weeks ago, was closed by the Board of Supervisors last week to motorized vessels. The urgency ordinance has a 60-day limit, and is expected to be lifted sooner, once the lake falls below flood stage.

Clear Lake currently sits as 10.43 on the Rumsey Gauge at 6:45pm 2/21.  That’s the lake’s highest elevation in 19 years.  Forecasts indicate it may reach 11 feet Rumsey.

During the February 1998 flood, Clear Lake reached 11.44 feet Rumsey, its highest elevation since February 1909, when the lake was at 13.38 feet Rumsey. The highest recorded elevation since records began being kept in 1873 was 13.66 feet Rumsey in January of 1890, according to records compiled by Lake County Water Resources.

Late Monday and into early Tuesday, Cache Creek Dam’s releases increased, reaching more than 6,300 cubic feet per second, the highest release rate so far this year.

Here is an article from Lake County News which discusses the severe damage to the sea wall at the lake side park, the emergency declaration request to cover costs of storm damage to county infrastructure, and the sewage overflow.

HIDDEN VALLEY LEVEE UPDATE

Over the weekend the California Office of Emergency Services fulfilled mission requests for a levee inspection at Hidden Valley Lake.

Sheriff Martin stated that the recommendations were for mitigation efforts, and the California Department of Water Resources representative felt a levee breach “was very unlikely.”

He said said flooding is occurring as it was projected. “We anticipate there will be more flooding as this storm system passes through.”

In the case of a levee failure, Martin said local officials also have discussed making a request to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for an inmate sandbag crew. But that request has to wait for an actual need to arise, he added.

HEALTH ADVISORY REGARDING FLOOD WATER

Continued heavy rain has produced flood conditions around Clear Lake and other low-lying areas.

DO NOT DRIVE or WALK through running or standing water.

Flood waters may be contaminated from overflowing sewage systems.  The public sewer district is pumping now.

Residents and businesses with private septic systems can also face overflow or backup situations. The septic tank may be surcharged with flood water and the leach field will not work well in saturated soil conditions.

Flood waters can contain unhealthy substances, potentially increasing transmission of communicable diseases. The following general precautions are advised:

  1. Reduce flow into your drains with strict water conservation measures.
  2. Avoid contact with flood waters.
  3. Wash your hands frequently.
  4. Disinfect or discard objects that have been in flood water.
  5. Employ professional service for septic system repair and maintenance.

If your home or business is inundated, please contact the Lake County Community Development office at 707-263-2221 and Lake County Environmental Health at 707-263-1164 before re-occupying the structure.

SANDBAG STATUS

Monday sandbag report: Local businesses report on current stock
Monday, 20 February 2017 16:18 Lake County News

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – As Clear Lake hits a 19-year high, local businesses report continuing to supply sandbags and sand for residents who need them.

Clear Lake’s elevation reached 10.08 feet Rumsey Monday afternoon, with the Cache Creek Dam’s releases increasing to 5,700 cubic feet per second, according to the United States Geological Survey.

As concerns for flooding increase, businesses around the county reported Monday afternoon on their stock of sandbags and sand.

The list below, compiled by Lake County News, includes locations where sand, sandbags or both are available for purchase. In some cases, where they are out of sandbags, we have included information on when more are due to arrive.

The list is being updated as new information is received.   This information below was updated as of 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20.

CLEARLAKE

City of Clearlake Corporation Yard
Located next to Pierce Field airport; Access off of Old Highway 53, between storage and Valley Glass.
Limited number of sand and sandbags available.

Four Corners Builders Supply
14975 Olympic Drive
Telephone: 707-994-6277
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Currently sold out of bags with more coming in Wednesday.
Sandbags, empty, made of woven plastic – $0.89 each. Bagged sand available but store advises it’s not ideal for filling bags.

Mendo Mill, Clearlake
5255 Old Highway 53
Telephone: 707-994-1014
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Sandbags, empty – $0.79 each or $11.99 for a pack of 25.
Sand available in 70-pound bags for $4.99 each.
Currently has  66 filled bags, 34 25 packs of empty bags,

CLEARLAKE OAKS

Clearlake Lava
14572 E. Highway 20
Telephone: 707-998-1115
Hours: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Sand only; cost is $14/yard

KELSEYVILLE

Kelseyville Lumber
3555 N. Main St.
Telephone: 707-279-4297
Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Both sand and sandbags available.
Currently has 668 filled sandbags in stock. Filled sandbags are $2.98 each. Fill-your-own sandbags are $1.49 each, with sand also available at the store. Empty sandbags are $0.49 each.

LAKEPORT

Mendo Mill, Lakeport
2465 S. Main St.
Telephone: 707-263-8400
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Sandbags, empty, white vinyl – $0.67 each; empty burlap bags – $1.69 each. Currently only has sandblasting sand available.

Rainbow Agricultural Services
1975 Argonaut Road, Lakeport
Telephone: 707-279-0550
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
Sandbags, empty, white plastic – $0.39 each.
No sand.

RB Peters
78 Soda Bay Road
Telephone: 707-263-3678
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Sand only: $35/yard or $1/five-gallon bucket

MIDDLETOWN

Hardesters
21088 Calistoga St.
Telephone: 707-987-2325
Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Sunday
Sandbags, empty – $0.55 per bag or $13.99 for a bundle of 25. Free bulk sand as well as filled and empty bags for sale.

CAL FIRE Station 63
19287 Hartman Rd.
Sand available.  Bring your own bags.

NICE

Lake Builders Supply
3694 E. Highway 20
Telephone: 707-274-6607
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Out of sandbags; no estimate of when more will be available.

SAFETY REMINDERS

  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. – Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there’s a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. – Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
  • Walk only where floodwaters aren’t moving. – Use a stick to check the depth of the water and firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • If floodwaters rises around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. – Just 1 foot of water can stall your engine and make the car float away.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. – These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

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