Mendocino Co. 1/18/2017 --UPDATES:
The latest storm is causing phone poles and power lines to fall across roads in Mendocino County. Here's a lineup of traffic hazards, plus predictions for upcoming floods.
Here's a quote from the sheriff's Facebook page, courtesy of the Office of Emergency Services. Highways 128, 175, and 1 may close in the near future.
Navarro River is predicted to reach minor flood stage, Russian River may surpass flood monitor stage, but remain under flood stage. Highway 128 will likely close, Highway 175 may close, and there is a possibility of Highway 1 closing. All river peaks will occur tonight or tomorrow morning.
Shortly before 4:00pm, there was a low hanging tree, larger than a telephone pole, hanging over the 43000 block of the Comptche Ukiah Road.
The National Weather Service also predicts flooding at Hwy 128.
As of 3:07pm, there was a tree across the road at 13240 Point Cabrillo Drive in Mendocino.
At 3:10pm, there was a tree down the southbound lane of Hwy 1 near Schooner Gulch Road near POint Arena.
At 3:46pm, there were powerlines in the roadway at Mountain View road/Rancheria Road in Booneville.
At 5:59pm, there was a small tree in the eastbound lane of Route 20 near Road A near Redwood Valley.
As of 1:36pm, there are lines down across the road at 25995 Daphne Way in Brooktrails. At 1:42pm, there was an unspecified traffic hazard on 162, just east of Dos Rios.
At 7:04am, CHP received a report of a person with "legs out in traffic," on Hwy 101 just north of Reeves Canyon Road, on the southbound side. The pedestrian appeared to have been struck by a car. However, an entry made at 7:14, "SUBJ WAS HIT BY BASEBALL BALL (sic?) AND susps OUTSTANDING," appears to indicate that the pedestrian was attacked. An ambulance and two sheriff's units were en route.
The sheriff reports that PG&E will be using contract helicopters today to inspect trees near power lines. Here is a quote from the sheriff's Facebook post:
In Mendocino County, helicopters will fly along Highway 128 (Anderson Valley Hwy), Booneville Ukiah Rd. (253) and Flynn Creek Road over the towns of Booneville and Philo and the communities of Ingram, Yorkville, Soda Springs, Hendy Grove, Reilly Heights, Navarro and Comptche.
Residents are advised that the helicopter will fly low – about 200 to 300 feet – along distribution power lines.
PG&E is using a contract helicopter service to fly foresters to check affected trees.
The National Weather Service is predicting heavy rain today, with the possibility of street floods and mud slides. There may also be breaker heights of 25-35 feet along the Mendocino coast, starting Friday.