Ok here is the update. By now, you probably have all seen the pictures I sent out this morning. http://www.clintsworld.com/flood
Unbelievably, the water continued to rise even higher than in the pictures I sent you. So, in their infinite wisdom, the Petaluma Fire Department came through here in a Zodiac spurting off that everyone needed to evacuate...NOW!
They then proceeded to drive the boat to other side of our park in an attempt to get people out. However, they quickly concluded that the water was too deep for the rescue bus to reach the area. So, we all sat here watching the water rise, the rain coming down and people’s belongings floating down the road. About this time, news reporters for the Sonoma County Press Democrat were stranded in their vehicles and decided that we were the story of the day. So they got out their cameras and started taking pictures of the area and interviewing us, as we were the only home in the park that was accessible (having less than 3 feet of water around it).
To make a long story short, the water dropped enough to where we were able to get the pickup truck, our cat and ourselves out of the area. Like the Beverly Hillbillies, we loaded up the truck and went down to Marin only to find that the area down there was flooded as well. My sister’s home, in the town of San Anselmo, was flooded out only hours before we arrived. In addition, she suffered a great deal of damage. We all pitched in to help her clean up the debris and mud, but she is still without heat, hot water, and her generator was ruined.
We spent several hours down there all the while our cat, Tazz, freaked out by the entire goings on. I called the Police Department, the Fire Department, and the Red Cross, and no one could tell me when we would be able to get back into our home. We decided to SCREW the government bullshit and we made our way back home to start the clean up efforts here. There are still many residents still in evacuation shelters tonight. Moreover, there is no estimate as when these people will be returning.
For the time being, Tazz and the rest of us are back home with our emergency bags packed in case the flooding returns and we are once again forced out in the night. So there is the update, I do not know how long we will be at the house. Nevertheless, I feel better being in our home than in a shelter wondering if looters are in the area.