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Creek’s floodwaters cut off Graton residents, spurring emergency repairs

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Heavy rainfall this winter has repeatedly made a mess of a highly traveled road near Graton, swelling a creek that officials say needs emergency work to prevent it from closing a key travel route and putting residents and wildlife at additional risk.

As soon as Tuesday, crews will begin repairs on Green Valley Creek near Green Valley Road, clearing vegetation and removing sediment to keep the waterway, a major tributary to the Russian River, in its channel.

 The flooded road has forced many nearby residents to drive far out of their way this winter, as record rainfall has hammered many areas of Sonoma County. The swollen creek has charted a new course across the road near a bridge where it used to flow under. County officials will have to spend additional effort fixing the damaged road surface after sediment and vegetation have been removed from the channel. The road was last closed on Thursday.
Source:  J.D. Morris, The Press Democrat, February 10, 2017

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