Archives for February 2019

Local Emergency Declared in Lake County

Sheriff Brian Martin, acting as Lake County’s director of Emergency Services, has issued a declaration of a local emergency in response to widespread damage caused by the storms and subsequent flooding during the past week. Clear Lake went into flood stage yesterday. As of early this morning, the lake was at 9.58 feet Rumsey. Flooding, mudslides, and fallen debris are responsible for many road closures around the county.

Conditions Improving in Mendocino County

Caltrans Distrcit 1 reports that conditions are improving in many areas of Mendocino County. Flood levels continue to drop and the Russian River is no longer at flood level and has dropped below flood monitor stage. Same for the Navarro River. Due to the reducing flood levels the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the evacuation warning for the Russian and Navarro River flood areas. The evacuation shelters have been closed.

Mendocinco County Issues Temp Moratorium on Hemp

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors this week issued a temporary moratorium on hemp cultivation.
The ordinance means the county will not issue any permit, registration or approval related to the cultivation of genetically modified organisms or industrial hemp during the 45 days. The moratorium is in place while the Department of Planning and Building Services and the Department of Agriculture look over the county’s General Plan on GMOs and consider the establishment of regulations for hemp cultivation.

Clearlake Woman Convicted in Drug Smuggling Case

A Clearlake woman who supplied a fatal amount of methamphetamine to an inmate has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter. In May of 2018, an investigation began following the sudden death of Adrian Sepulveda, who was an inmate at California Medical Facility in Vacaville. An autopsy revealed Sepulveda had swallowed multiple balloons filled with methamphetamine. A search of Johna Martinez-Meth’s Clearlake residence turned up those items.

MSCO Issues Evacuation Warning

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation warning last night due to flooding along the Russian River in the greater Ukiah Valley area as well as the Hopland area. The river hit flood stage early this morning and some roads were reopened as the water continues to recede.

Shelters Opened for Those Affected by River Flooding

Mendocino County opened two shelters for residents affected by the Russian River and Navarro River Flooding. One location is at the Veterans’s Memorial Building in Ukiah at 293 Seminary Avenue; the other shelter is at the Mendocino County Office of Education in Talmage at 2240 Old River Road.

No School Wednesday for UUSD

Due to predicted flooding today and the potential for bridge closures, all Ukiah Unified School District schools are closed today. Plans are for school to resume tomororw. If this changes, you will be notified through another telephone call and/or email notification. You can also check UUSD’s website and Facebook page.

Crash Near Hopland Results in 1 Fatality

A 22-year-old man from Kelseyville died in a crash on Highway 101 near Hopland. The Ukiah CHP reports that the man was driving a Mercedes northbound on the highway around 4:06 p.m. on Monday, when his vehicle began to skid out of control and went into the path of a pickup truck going southbound. The driver of the pickup was transported by ambulance to Adventist Health Ukiah Valley. The collision remains under investigation.

Thompson Harbor at Redbud Park Closed Due to Water Levels

The city of Clearlake closed Thompson Harbor at Redbud Park yesterday for public safety due to Clear Lake’s rising level. The water level of Clear Lake yesterday reached monitor stage – 8.0 feet Rumsey. The lake is expected to reach flood stage, which is 9.0 feet Rumsey, this week. City officials say these high water levels make the docks at Thompson Harbor unsafe. The docks will be reattached when the water level recedes.

Area Flood Information

The ongoing rainfall is causing flooding and flooding concerns. Lakeport police say you should have an alternate route planned for streets prone to flooding, including: Martin Street between Russell & Forbes Streets, 16th Street at Hartley Street, Lange Street at Giselman Street, Lakeshore Blvd. between Lange & Giselman Streets.

Officials say they expect Clear Lake to hit the flood stage of 9.0 feet Rumsey by early Thursday morning.

UPD reports a flood warning untl tomorrow night at the Russian River near Hopland affecting Mendocino County, and the Navarro River at Navarro affecting Mendocino County. Highway 175 near the Russian River is closed due to flooding.

Caltrans District 1 reports that State Route 1 near the Garcia River is closed to all traffic due to flooding.

Authorities are reminding drivers not to drive through running or standing water on streets and to follow all traffic control devices you may encounter.