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Recent Events

Sonoma County has been widely recognized as a good place to sell umbrellas. Numerous winter storms have brought heavy winds and rain, causing flooding in the lower Russian River, Petaluma River and local streams and creeks. Sonoma County has activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the January and March 1995 Winter Storms, large storms in December 1995 and February 1996, the Cavedale and Porter Creek Wildfires in August 1996, the New Year's Flood of 1997, the 1998 El Nino Flood and Rio Nido Slide incidents, as well as the 2004 Geysers Fire.

Since 1991, Sonoma County/Op Area has had:

Year Event Name Dates EOC
Activated
Local
Emergency
Gubernatorial
Declaration
Presidential
Declaration
1991 Freeze of ’91 December 90 - February 91   X X X
1993 Flood of ’93 January 20-25 X X X X
1994 Fishing Emergency May – September   X X X
1995 Flood of '95, Part I January 8-31 X X X X
1995 Flood of '95, Part II March 7-15 X X X X
1995 December Winter Storm December 11-12 X X    
1996 February Winter Storm February 4-5 X      
1996 Cavedale Fire July 31-August 20 X X    
1996 Jenner Sandbarrier July 31 - August 20   X    
1996 Porter Creek Fire October 27 - 28 X      
1997 New Year's Flood December 30 - January 4 X X X X
1997 Superbowl Flood January 25 X      
1998 Flood of '98 (Rio Nido) February 2, 1998 - January 4, 2000 X X X X
1999 February Winter Storm February 8-10   X X  
2002 December Winter Storms December   X    
2004 Geysers Fire September 3 - 7 X X    
2006 New Year's Flood December 30 2005 - January 4 2006 X X X X
2006 Spring Flooding March 29 - April 16   X X X
2007 SF Bay Oil Spill November 7   X X  
2009 H1N1 Event April - May   X    
2011 Great Tohoku Tsunami March 11 X