Floods No Longer Expected Along Russian River in Guerneville

All Bay Area rivers are expected to stay within their banks

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    It was a very scary day for people living near the Russian River in Guerneville. Stephanie Chuang reports.

    The Russian River is no longer expected to flood in Guerneville following today'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 today's 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. Predictions of flooding on the Napa River were also downgraded today, according to Napa city officials there.

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    The river is expected to crest in the city of Napa between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. this evening and is projected to stay within its banks, community outreach coordinator Barry Martin said. 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 http://napa.onerain.com/home.php.