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Dec 12, 2014

06:00:49 GMT--Flash Flood - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: FF-20141212-46296-USA

Date / time: 12/12/2014 05:58:50 [UTC]

Event: Flash Flood

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of California

Location: Healdsburg

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate


Healdsburg took the brunt of the storm that walloped Sonoma County on Thursday as a creek overflowed and sent water into more than two dozen downtown businesses. Fast-rising Foss Creek invaded surface streets, including several main thoroughfares - Healdsburg Avenue and Grove Street - in some cases sending water a foot or so deep into stores and restaurants. The flooding knocked out traffic lights, closed down the heart of town for hours, and submerged some cars unlucky enough to be parked in the wrong place, or whose driver tried to navigate too-high water. In some cases, such as a Safeway parking lot that had been transformed into a lake, the somber scene of inundated cars was contrasted by kayakers casually paddling around the vehicles. The storm dropped 5.9 inches of rain on Healdsburg during the 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Healdsburg has experienced flooding before when big storms hit, but longtime residents say there hasn't been anything like Thursday's storm for decades.

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