The apartment that we live in was struck two years ago on New Years Eve in what was the latest strike of what they called the San Anselmo ’28 Year Flood’. They call it that because it happened last 28 years before. The flood destroyed most of the businesses in town, as well as the entire apartment complex we live in. They rebuilt the place and rented out the new apartments, which happened to be about the time we were looking for a new pad.
In any case, we have two floors and flood insurance so we’re not super worried about property destruction. Regardless, when you find out as you’re eating dinner that in the middle of the night your house could be filled with water, you get a bit freaked out.
Today we watched the news and worked from home since most of the highways around us are closed. We also watched as the creek outside our window rushed rapidly by and rose to meet the street level (see movie).The coolest thing so far that we have found is that there is a website maintained by the Ross Valley Fire Department where you can watch how the creek rose hour by hour. (http://www.rossvalleyfire.org/sa_creek.html ) A few hours ago, it rose over a foot in an hour. Once it gets to 11 feet you have to evacuate. It got past 9. It has started to temporarily subside to 8.something. Problem is it is supposed to rain all night.
Fingers crossed. Please put the kettle on; we might be stopping over.
Update: the creek did not overflow, but I have some good pictures and movies of the exciting moments. Here’s one below: