January 17, 2017

Parts of northern California received up to 2 feet of rain in the last 30 days. In Napa, Angwin got over 40 inches, while on the other side of the valley, Mt Veeder received over 2 feet of rain.

While rain is always welcome in California, parts of Sonoma’s Russian River area did have some severe flooding.

Here in Napa, locals saw the multi-million dollar flood control project worked perfectly and the historically flood-prone Oxbow area on the Napa River was spared any flooding.

Napa Creek roars under the Main Street bridge as it empties into the Napa River. The overflow channel to the right helps move water that in years past would have flooded neighborhoods a few blocks from here.

 

The Napa River looking south from Larkmead Lane bridge. Top photo was late December. Bottom photo during the height of the rain in mid-January.

 

Flooded Vineyards between Oakville and Yountville with the Mayacamas and the Veterens’ Home in the background. Vines are dormant and aside from making it difficult to get into the Vineyards for pruning, the excess water is just giving the vines a good drink. 

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