ROAD CLOSED: Lucas Valley Road is closed between Westgate Dr and Nicasio Valley Road
Lucas Valley Road is closed between Westgate Drive and Nicasio Valley Road due to downed trees and power lines. PG&E has been called and will respond to the location to handle the lines. Once they have been rendered safe the tree can be cleared from the road. There is no ETO at this time.
Drivers wishing to travel to or from this area of West Marin are encouraged to take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to Nicasio Valley Road.
Ok, hopefully by now you know that this weekend is going to bring SERIOUS rain. A flood alert has already been issued: North Bay Flash Flood Watch from 1/7/2017 4:00 PM to 1/8/2017 7:00 PM. This is a MAJOR storm. Please prepare now, make sure you're prepared for power outages, stock up on food, charge cel phones, go talk to your neighbors, etc. I compiled some emergency resources in this list: http://thewestmarinfeed.com/re feel free to add others in the comments here and I'll update. TWMF will be providing updates as they come in, you can always contact us with updates via Facebook or text me at 415-786-4703.
Paul Korhummel won the Sunrise Contest of the Year and its only January 6th. Incredible shot. I knew it was special this morning, but my car windows were iced shut and I couldn't rally. Great job Paul!
Wind has gone next level now in Inverness. Just heard a report that a tree is down blocking a lane on Sir Francis Drake right before the boatel in Inverness (thx MM). NWS says this system will be strong until midnight and hopefully taper off after that.
Two great interviews on KWMR today with Dan Eilerman, the Assistant County Administrator and Doug Pittman, the Marin County Sheriff, about what effects the new administration may have on local affairs. Pittman also discusses the legality of people living in their cars in areas like Point Reyes and Bolinas. A very informative series. LINK: http://kwmr.org/broadcasts/672
The shuttle begins on Saturday! "Gray whales and elephant seals will be a main attraction for visitors in the coming weeks along the Point Reyes coastline, while scientists ponder whether humpbacks could appear again in San Francisco Bay in the spring in another “Whale-palooza” event. The Point Reyes National Seashore will begin offering a shuttle to view the whale and elephant seal activity beginning Saturday and running through early April. The bus can be boarded from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach, running in good weather on weekends and holidays. Children 15 and younger are free, with the cost for adults at $7." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/environ
"Northern elephant seals, their habitat battered by El Niño storms over the past 30 years on the Farallon Islands, may be moving to a more serene home in Marin County, according to new research.Numbers of elephant seals are on the upswing at Point Reyes, with 2016’s peak counted at 1,966, up from 1,759 the prior year. The animals first started to reappear in Marin 1981." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/environ
STORM UPDATES: Deputies in West Marin reporting Platform Bridge Rd near Sir Francis Drake Blvd under several feet of water. Highway 1 between Pt Reyes Station to Olema reported as currently "impassible" by sheriff's deputies due to flooding.
STORM UPDATES: Sheriff's deputies working side by side with residents evacuating their homes along Castro St in Forest Knolls/Lagunitas due to flooding. Lucas Valley Road will be closed until tomorrow morning.
ROAD CLOSURE UPDATES: Rt. 1 in Tomales is closed. Lucas Valley Road is closed due to powerlines down. Rt. 1 at Olema is also closed due to flooding and the Green Barn in Point Reyes is also flooding. Facebook stinks for rapid updates because they don't show updates by time they were posted. For up-to-date info, you can follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/westmarinf or at our web site at http://thewestmarinfeed.com
"NORTH BAY: Hwy 1 at Tomales Rd.....The road is flooded (3 feet of water) and at least one vehicle is reportedly stuck on the roadway." - Reports are that hwy 1 is closed at Tomales, plan accordingly. Do not drive through standing water!
The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for poor drainage areas in Marin County. This advisory is in effect until 6:00 AM PST Thursday
Heavy rain will develop tonight and continue Thursday. Overflowing poor drainage areas will result in minor flooding in the advisory area. This advisory will be extended through Thursday morning. If conditions worsen it may need to be upgraded to an urban and small stream flood warning.
Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. (Thx RD)
Maybe this was the source of the large explosions everyone has been hearing? Doesn't explain the bomb squad being out here though...
Over the last two weeks the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad detonated a large amount of deteriorated explosives on the northern Sonoma County coast. A person found these explosives, which consisted of blasting caps, detonation cord and dynamite, after a family member passed away.
It was highly common for ranchers to possess explosives as it was largely unregulated prior to 1970. Ranchers mostly used these explosives for mining rock and getting rid of unwanted tree stumps.
The Sonoma County Bomb Squad responds to over 100 calls per year stemming from calls like this with old, deteriorated explosives to recovered military ordinance and homemade destructive devices.
The Sheriff’s Bomb Squad is trained and nationally certified to deal with explosives of this magnitude. They are a regional asset and assist other Sonoma County cities and surrounding counties with explosive related calls.
News from the Point Reyes Light: Blue Waters Kayaking shutting down Marshall operation and Moonrise Kingdom compound in Inverness approved with some tweaks.
Trevor Trainia in the Moonrise story, "“I think there’s no small amount of irony that we are the out-of-towners,” he said. “We see the not-so-subtle digs at the wealthy people from out of town coming to Inverness. There is no small amount of irony that we are the ones trying to preserve what independent experts have told us are architecturally significant, as well as locally beloved, structures, and the so-called Inverness Association are the people advocating for the destruction of these valuable buildings. How this dynamic occurred is puzzling to me.”
Going to be a wild week of weather. Its forecasted to get down to 29 degrees tonight. Bundle up! And be prepared for hazardous driving conditions the next couple of days. (thx MM) DETAILS: http://forecast.weather.gov/Ma
Via Jared Huffman, "I just received the sad news that Gary Giacomini, former Marin County Supervisor and longtime community leader, died last night. This is the passing of a legend. Gary had such a profound impact on our environment and quality of life in Marin County and beyond. He was one of the most colorful, strategic and irrepressible characters I've ever met -- right out of the Phil Burton political mold. You had to get to know him to understand that beneath a sometimes gruff or even brash exterior was a man with an enormous heart that guided his public service and community work throughout his remarkable career. I'm honored to have known and worked with Gary, and to count him as a friend." (thx EW) (2007 picture of GM from MarinIJ)