Mudslide has shut down Bohemian Highway indefinitely outside of Monte Rio

Updated 4:02 pm PST, Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A mudslide on Bohemian Highway has closed the roadway in both directions near Monte Rio, limiting driving options for those looking to evacuate due to flooding along the Russian River, officials said.

At least one person was caught in that mudslide and workers were helping to free them, according to KRON.

The 6- to 8-foot deep mudslide happened just outside of Monte Rio at about 1 p.m., leaving both directions closed “indefinitely,” said Misti Harris, spokeswoman with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department.

Bohemian Highway was the less traveled of two routes available for those evacuating. The only way out of the area is now through Highway 116, which runs along the swelling river. The Bohemian Highway offered a north to south route away from the area, but that may not be an option as the river crests Wednesday afternoon. Residents are being encouraged to evacuate sooner, rather than later, Harris said.

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The Russian River is expected to exceed flood stage by 7 p.m. Tuesday night and residents along the river are being urged to evacuate now. Monte Rio is among the places expected to be hit hard by the flooding, and Highway 116 west of Guerneville and River Road are among the roadways expected to be covered in water as the river continues to rise.

This is a breaking news story and will update as more information becomes available.

Bay City News and SFGATE writer Amy Graff contributed to this report.

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