Rescue crews search underway in deadly California flooding

Members of the National Guard carrying kayaks and firefighters with boats and jet skis were allowed past the rising Russian River flooded River Road to search and rescue.
1:45 | 03/01/19

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Transcript for Rescue crews search underway in deadly California flooding
Now, to the storm moving across the country. We're watching that right now. And the state of emergency unfolding in California. Deadly flooding, evacuations, entire communities cut off tonight. Thousands of homes and businesses under water. And this evening, high water rescues are under way, and ABC's will Carr is there. Reporter: Tonight, crews are searching for trapped residents, after these floodwaters turned fatal. Navigating search boats down streets that are now rivers. Have you ever seen the water this high? No. I've never seen the water this high. Reporter: More than 20 inches of rain pounded sonoma county in just three days, turning towns into islands. The Russian river swelled and then flooded more than 2,000 homes. It crested at more than 45 feet, the highest it's been in more than two decades. This is what the town of guerneville looked like before, and now this week, drenched in water. Oh, my god. I didn't think that structure would get bent over. Reporter: Residents forced to escape by boat. The damage spread across wine country is extensive. Tonight, the sun is out and the water has started to go down, but the bad news is, there's more rain in the forecast this weekend. David? All right, will, thank you. We're tracking those rains and this new storm moving all the way across the country and to the east coast this weekend. Ginger zee tracking it all for us. Jimmer? Reporter: David, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Will get snow overnight. They're in a winter weather advisory. It comes at an inopportune time, right at drive time. Then we go west. As we head into the weekend, we're watching that rain hit California again on Saturday, and then it will be snow for anyone from Memphis to Pittsburgh on Sunday night. David? Ginger, thank you. We're going to turn next tonight to an urgent manhunt for a gunman opening fire on a busy sidewalk in New York City. This is the surveillance showing a young girl standing just feet

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