Two dozen Northern California towns have been affected by the Russian River rising more than 45 feet. Over 4,000 residents living near the river were ordered to evacuate Tuesday ahead of the flooding. Sonoma County Officials have issued an emergency declaration, and the National Weather Service in the San Francisco Bay Area has extended the Flood Warning to 1:45 pm PST Thursday, February 28. The Governor of California has issued a state of emergency.
The Russian River, at its highest level since the late 1990s, is expected to be above flood stage until Friday morning. More rain is forecast for Friday and Saturday by the National Weather Service.
Optum is offering a free emotional support help line for all people impacted. This help line will provide those affected access to specially trained mental health specialists. The company’s public toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for as long as necessary. This service is free of charge and open to anyone. Specially trained Optum mental health specialists help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.
Along with the toll-free help line, emotional-support resources and information are available online at www.liveandworkwell.com. View the Important Communications alert on www.liveandworkwell.com near the bottom of the member home page for local resources.