CA Russian River bursts its banks, prompts rescues
The rescues continued on Thursday after widespread flooding caused by a swollen Russian River in Northern California didn't let up.
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued an emergency declaration for five Northern California counties affected.
Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick had bad news for residents in hard-hit low lying communities, even as sun peaked through after days of non-stop rain.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF MARK ESSICK SAYING: "This morning's high tide early on, at 5 a-m, has caused the water to not recede as quickly as we anticipated... Many of the roads are still impassable and unsafe to travel." Authorities in Sonoma County, about 70 miles north of San Francisco, ordered more than 3,000 people to evacuate on Tuesday.
Officials said National Guard troops and other first responders rescued nearly 60 people by Thursday alone.
A flood warning remained in effect on Thursday -- With more rain expected Friday, thousands will have to wait for dryer weather to assess the damage back home.