GUERNEVILLE, Calif. — A Northern California river that surged over its banks after days of rain has flooded some 2,000 homes, businesses and other buildings.
Sonoma County spokeswoman Briana Khan says the Russian River has submerged areas of Guerneville and neighboring Monte Rio, which are described as “islands” because of flooded roads.
The river in California’s wine country has hit its highest level in about 25 years. Some places were standing in 8 feet (2.44 meters) of water and residents were using kayaks and boats instead of cars.
The river is expected to return to its banks late Thursday night.
It rose because of storms that also dumped rain and heavy snow in several states in the western U.S.
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