Yellow River evacuation alerts explained

Yellow River is set to crest Sunday, but not everyone that received evacuation orders due to potential flooding needs to worry said Public Safety Director Brad Baker.

Baker provided details on the river’s flood potential Friday via Facebook Live. There are areas along the southern portion of Coachman Road, along Fisher Road and near Ward Basin Road that should be concerned. 

These areas have been given recommended evacuation orders. 

Public Safety Director Brad Baker shows areas of concern for flooding along Yellow River. Voluntary evacuation orders have been issued for these areas. Screenshot captured from Facebook Live

Other areas were not meant to be included in the alert but received texts through the alert system, such as residents of the Garcon Point area. 

“What we learned is the wireless carriers do not have that much precision in the cellular alert,” Baker said. 

He apologized for any unnecessary alerts and said they plan to better fine tune alerts in the future. 

In the meantime, crews have been assessing the damage, including homes surrounded by rising water.

The flooding is caused by rain waters flowing down stream from Hurricane Sally. The water is expected to reach its highest level and begin receding Sunday, Baker said.  

Submitted photo

 Those that are uncertain of their risk can check their flood zone via Santa Rosa’s Know Your Zone feature simply by searching their address. 

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