Evacuations in California as rivers flood

Record rain triggered the worst flooding in decades along the Russian River in Northern California, prompting water rescues and mandatory evacuations.
2:28 | 02/28/19

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that record rain out west. More mandatory evacuations overnight as rivers flood forcing thousands from their homes. Chief national correspondent Matt Gutman is in northern California with the latest. Good morning, Matt. Reporter: Hey, good morning. Parts of nearly two dozen towns look like this this morning and the sheriff said the town of guerneville is an island. The only way in or out is by boat and officials believe up to 4,000 homes and structures have been submerged here. This morning, thousands remain stranded as record rain triggered the worst flooding in decades along the Russian river. I have never seen the river this high. Reporter: From the air you can see the sea of brown swallowing homes and cars bobbing helplessly. The water keeps coming up. We may or may not have lost everything. Reporter: Parts cresting over 45 feet. 13 feet above flood stage and the most flooding this area has seen since 1995. From where I'm walking normally you wouldn't even be able to see the Russian river. It's only about 20 feet wide but right now it's 2,000 feet wide. First responders making dozens of rescues. We had plenty of supplies in the house but once our water went out we felt like it was time to leave. Reporter: People using padboards and rowboats to navigate the flooded streets. This fuel tanker barreling few. Those waves knocking around that abandoned car. More than two dozen towns along the river's edge remain under mandatory evacuation orders. Just a mess everywhere. Reporter: Now, even since weaver been here we've been able to see the water subside but but we're told folks in stranded towns will remain stuck there until tomorrow and more bad news for folks here, robin, more rain forecast this weekend. All right, Matt. That's right, the worst is not over out west as a new storm moves in. Some areas are getting major snow. Ginger tracking it all for us. Good morning. Good morning. Interstate 80 closed for more than a day in some places right at the california/nevada state line and finally got it re-opened working 24/7 and look at this. Donner summit, California, an area with seven feet of snow in three days. That is a peak of a roof in case you didn't get that out there. Just to give you an idea what's happening today is dry. Tomorrow is not. A new winter storm watch is up not just in the Sierra but up into the rockies because of this storm that comes in really tomorrow afternoon and early evening. Could see several feet of snow, Cecilia, in the Monterey bay area a couple of inches of rain.

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