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‘It takes a community:’ Neighbors helping neighbors prepare for Russian River flooding

‘It takes a community:’ Neighbors helping neighbors prepare for Russian River flooding

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MONTE RIO, Calif. (KGO) — The North Bay is still under an evacuation warning for people living near the Russian River floodway between Healdsburg and Jenner.

On Friday morning, people in Monte Rio used a small storm break to prepare for the worst-case scenario.

“It looks like it’s going to flood in a few days if it keeps raining as it has been,” said Jeff Morton, a Cazadero resident.

“It was amazing to see the water level so high. I saw him so high in 2019. He almost touched the bottom of the bridge,” said John Behrens, a resident of the Villa Grande.

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It was time for Liam Brayton to roll up his sleeves and help at Monte Rio.

“I’m just like that. I help people when they need help,” Brayton said.

Brayton spent two days this week lining sandbags in front of the beloved Monte Rio Theater – which overlooks the rising Russian River – from the goodness of his own heart while owners in Healdsburg grappled with flooding.

“Last time it flooded and they had to rebuild a whole thing and stuff and so they’re just trying to save it and keep it and everyone likes that thing,” he said.

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And he wasn’t the only one.

“I think it takes a community to help a community and so everyone has to have skills and look around to see how they can help their neighbors,” Behrens said.

Radio ready, in the event that mobile phone masts crash, Behrens wants to keep the connection to his neighboring network open and is doing everything he can to prepare.

“We have generators and backup batteries because the power can go out for days and a small charger for your phone isn’t enough, so we want to be able to keep fridges or lights or water heaters running,” he said.

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Right now, it’s a bit of a waiting game for folks on the Russian River as they wait for the river to potentially reach flood level by Monday.

“You’re lucky we have breaks like this,” Morton said.

In the meantime, community members are taking advantage of this lull to help one another.

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