Photo: National Weather Service
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Amid a winter marked by torrential rains, the Russian River is visible from space.
The National Weather Service shared a satellite image of the North Bay from March 11 and you can see the swollen, muddy-colored waterway snaking through a sea of greenery.
In the last week of February, the Russian River exceeded flood stage by more than 13 feet, triggering the most severe flooding in more than two decades.
The water swelling over riverbanks inundated homes, businesses, and entire communities, including much of the small town of Guerneville.
An estimated 3,000 structures, mostly in Guerneville, were damaged by flooding, and nearly 60 people were rescued, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
The river has gone down substantially in the past two weeks and was down to 10 feet on Thursday (flood stage is 32 feet), but it’s waters are still rushing as runoff from the storms makes it way down from the mountains.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Satellite-imagery-Russian-River-Guerneville-13685282.php.