Flood watch issued as storm dumps up to six inches on Sonoma County

A drenching storm that dumped more than half a foot of rain on the wettest areas of Sonoma County early Friday caused minor flooding around the region and left emergency personnel worriedly waiting to see what would come next.

A storm on the horizon for late Saturday and Sunday morning promised significant new rainfall and — with the ground fully saturated from earlier precipitation — predicted trouble, authorities said.

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"Sunday is the day we're worrying about," said Sonoma County Emergency Services Manager Chris Helgren. "...That's why we're making the recommendation that, unless you have to be out, don't."

The Russian River was forecast to overflow in Hopland on Sunday morning, though only by 2 or 3 feet — still enough to close Highway 175, the CHP and National Weather Service said.

A flood watch also was issued for Guerneville, though the river was expected to crest a foot below flood stage at its predicted peak on Monday morning, the weather service and state Department of Water Resources said.

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