mportant information from our local Sheriff, Doug Pittman.
Had a rough day today? Want to connect with folks in the community to re-energize? There is a 'celebration of unity through food, art and auction' at 5:30pm at West Marin School with a potluck, bilingual speakers and conversation.
SCHOOL UPDATE: "Shoreline School District closed today (Jan 20th) due to road closures and flooding." (Thx LM)
"WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 10 AM PST FRIDAY. High Surf Warning in effect from noon on Fri. to 4 pm on Sat. for large waves, rip currents, & sneaker waves."
"Badger crossing on B Street in Point Reyes, near Cowgirl Creamery, just now. I didn't get a pic as I had my arms full of newborn, but I'm pretty sure Dr. Whitt snapped one. He was headed towards the lawn. Is it good luck if a badger crosses your path?" - via Laughty
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Novato Blvd. is now open, tree cleared. Tree also cleared on Rt. 1 by Tomasini Canyon.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Big tree down blocking south bound Hwy 1 between Tomasini Canyon and Campolindo." (Thx LM)
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Novato Blvd is closed in the area of Stafford Lake." (Thx BE)
Roads are clear for now. Lots of lights flickering clearing though. "34 MPH peak winds! Park crews have already cleared some trees from the roads. Drive carefully this evening." - Point Reyes NPS
From NWS Bay Area: "A series of storm systems will affect the area this week. The first will arrive Weds afternoon and last into thrs. Not as strong as the last storm, but its going to be wet."
"Abbott's Lagoon has breached and there was a rip-roaring current on the outgoing tide yesterday. No access to the south." (Thx AR)
Expect the planes to be back on Sunday. "Five C-17 Globemaster III transport jets took off Saturday morning from Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield to practice in-flight refueling and formation flying, said Technical Sgt. John Ayre, a spokesman at Travis. Crews from the South Carolina base where the C-17s are based were in the Bay Area to collaborate with California-based pilots and train together. It appears they did some training over the coastline and then took a non-standard route, Ayre said. From the sounds of it, they requested to do a little bit of a flyover over the Golden Gate,” he said." (Thx SP) LINK: http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Noisy-Air-Force-transport-jets-startle-Marin-10858353.php
Ok, seven huge military planes just flew down Tomales Bay in a very strange formation. Anyone else see that? Or know why?
SFD at Sam P Taylor now re-open after car flipped over. (Thx BE)
TRAFFIC ALERT: Sir Francis Drake Blvd is closed in Samuel P Taylor State Park for a vehicle accident blocking both lanes. No Injuries. Should be reopen in 15 minutes. (Thx BE)
The torrential downpours and flooding we've seen lately might be good for the parched, drought-stricken lands of California, but it's disastrous for endangered salmon. In the North Bay, creeks are muddy and swirling, raging torrents that destroy neatly-laid salmon eggs and provide no shelter for salmon coming in to spawn. "We have eggs that were just recently laid in Lagunitas Creek and other tributaries which have gotten washed away," said Eric Ettlinger, Aquatic Ecologist with the Marin Municipal Water District. "We also have fish prepared to go into the ocean which hatched a year ago, and they are struggling to find refuge from the high flows. LINK: "http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/California-s-recent-storms-are-devastating-10854297.php
Amazing moonrise over Tomales Bay tonight in Point Reyes. #moonrise
Single car accident outside of Point Reyes. No injuries. Road open. (Thx RJ)
Serious slide on SFD in Sam P Taylor. I almost slammed into it, be careful.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Several landslides on SR 1 between Stinson Beach and Bolinas. CHP and @CaltransD4 on scene clearing. Expect delays - via CHPMarin
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Sir Francis Drake is now open, tree removed. Highway One closed from Shoreline and Panoramic to Muir Beach due to slide below the road, Muir Woods Road has reopened.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: According to KWMR, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is still closed due to a tree down in Samuel P. Taylor. Plan accordingly, no ETO.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Road Update: Levee Road in Point Reyes Station is now open and passable by low clearance vehicles." - via KWMR. No word on SFD yet though.
Trees are still falling, creeks are swollen, roads closed, but the sun did peek out for the first time today. And with the sun, comes rainbows! (Thx KS)
TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Sir Francis Drake Blvd closed b/w Sam P Taylor's Lagunitas entrance & Hwy 1 at Olema, for downed trees. No ETO, could be awhile.
TRAFFIC ALERT: SFD at Leo Cronin fish viewing area closed due to down tree. No ETO, could be awhile.
Levee Road on SFD in Point Reyes flooding this morning. Proceed with caution. Use Bear Valley Road if too high.
Not a lot of information about the roads available this morning. Does anyone out there have any updates? Flood waters should be receding, but major high tide around 9:30am.
SCHOOL UPDATE: Papermill school is also closed tomorrow.
Jim Fox just officially closed the Levee Road on SFD in Point Reyes until flooding recedes. Use Bear Valley Road to go around. Here is White House Pool parking lot. (Thx RJ)
SCHOOL UPDATE: "Shoreline Unified has CANCELLED school tomorrow. Phone calls and emails going out now." Please pass along. (Thx CG)
Huge tree down across from the Olema Inn taking out power lines and knocking out power in Olema. (Thx DM)
UPDATE: "Big transformer blowout on Highway One just north of Cypress. Big fireworks! PG&E has been contacted." Power is out in much of Point Reyes. My lights flickered hard four times when this happened. (Thx AF) If you want instant updates (unlike FB) follow TWMF on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/westmarinfeed
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TRAFFIC UPDATE: Levee Road on SFD in Point Reyes is very flooded. Cars are going through, but it looks very sketchy, proceed with caution or go around to Bear Valley.
UPDATE: "Big transformer blowout on Highway One just north of Cypress. Big fireworks! PG&E has been contacted." Power is out in much of Point Reyes. My lights flickered hard four times when this happened. (Thx AN) If you want instant updates (unlike FB) follow is on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/westmarinfeed
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TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Just drove through levee road flooding. Sheriff was there supporting people getting through but suggested driving around. Looked like the were going to close it." (thx MV)
ALERT: "FLOOD SIRENS now sounding in Ross Valley/San Anselmo/Fairfax. Water is now over capacity in Corte Madera Creek." - Marin Sheriff
If you're on SFD tonight: "Base of whites hill, fairfax side, water mud and rocks are spread over road from a small creek that jumped its bed. Right at Lefty Gomez field. It's gotten worse in the last hour, and now folks are out with shovels to fix but hard to see in dark. Comes up sudden, since many take that route on SFD, might mention." (Thx LP)
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Road Closure: Shoreline Hwy between Sir Francis Drake and Bear Valley Rd closed due to tree and lines down. No ETO" - via PointReyesNPS
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Just saw a report on KTVU that SFD is closed in both directions at Shafter Bridge outside Lagunitas." (Thx SD)
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Platform Bridge Road is now closed.
STORM UPDATES: All Shorline Schools out early today (2pm)... ETA for power restoration on the Point Reyes Mesa and Hwy 1 area is not before 3pm... power out for most of the park... Traffic controls in place at Tomasini Canyon road for PGE work and water on the road in Tomales (thx LM)
SCHOOL UPDATE: All Shoreline schools out early today (2pm). (thx LM)
Crews removing a tree from SFD in Lagunitas. Road will be open shortly. Be careful out there everyone! (Thx RJ)
King tides pushing through Tomales Bay this morning. When does that thing float away?
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Re: Tree down on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Roadway is clear and now open for use. nixle.us/97LWB
Via Burton - "West Marin residents will want to leave by way of Point Reyes/Petaluma Rd today. SFDB is closed in the park. Going to be a couple of hours."
TRAFFIC ALERT: Traffic Alert - Tree down blocking Sir Francis Drake Bl in Samuel P Taylor Park. Waiting for emergency equipment.
TRAFFIC REPORT: West Marin Feed: Good passage LUCAS VALLEY ROAD all the way to 101 (Passed at 5:30 AM)
In Point Reyes:
Power outage Mesa area at 5:15AM, maybe restored now PGE working AT THE Tomasini creek on 101 at that time. Only Mesa road flooded in the low areas. (Thx AV)
TRAFFIC ALERT: SFD closed both directions until car that crashed trying to avoid tree is towed. Then tree will be removed. (Via KWMR)
Stop sign in place on Lucas Valley Road where side of road fell apart today. Down to one lane. Hopefully it holds. (Thx FP)
One lane traffic control in Tocaloma on SFD while PG&E does one heck of a job getting a power line back up
Via CHPMarin: "Alert!! Lucas Valley Rd just east of Nicasio Valley Rd is down to one lane due to a small slide. We are currently on scene with the Marin County Fire Department and Marin County Department of Public Works to evaluate. We are conducting one way traffic control while a plan to fix the road is developed. There is currently no ETA to have the entire roadway open. If you need to get to or from West Marin, use either Sir Francis Drake Blvd. or Novato Blvd. as an alternate."
Levee Road is open and not flooded right now and passable. High tide is at 10:00pm so tread lightly.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: CHPMarin just announced that Lucas Valley Road is now open. Yay.
SCHOOL UPDATE: School cancelled for all of Shoreline tomorrow (Inverness school, West Marin school, Tomales and Bodega Bay) (thx LM)
"There's a water craft adrift and beached (for the moment, while the tide is out) at Cypress Grove in Marshall." (Thx RM)
The Palace Market is closing early at 6:30pm today so their workers can get home safely.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Levy Road (SFD) now starting to flood at White House Pool. One lane is passable for now, proceed with extreme caution. People taking risks driving through deep water.
"Per AT&T customer phone service a tower near Samuel P is "degraded due to storm" Crews are repairing it and hope to restore service by 3:00 a.m. Meanwhile wireless still works fir email and texting ." (Thx RD)
NWS: "We've extended our Wind Advisories and High Wind Warnings through 6PM PST this evening."
Reported: "AT&T cell phone tower out. No cell service in Point Reyes." AT&T phones and Internet also out in Seahaven. (Thx AF)
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Tree blocking Shoreline Hwy (SR1) south of Olema. No ETO.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Platform Bridge Rd between Sir Francis Drake and Point Reyes Petaluma Rd is closed due to flooding. (Photo of gravel pit by Richard James)
Shoreline highway closed north of Stinson Beach Due to flooding.
SFD still closed at Ottingers Hill going into the park. Going to be closed for awhile, multiple trees down and a slide blocking road.
Have some good storm photos? Share them here. Sounds like we're going to get more wind then rain today in West Marin. Nick Whitney clears some brush in Inverness.
Traffic Updates: SFD open at platform bridge now. SFD closed at Ottingers Hill going into the park. Lucas Valley Road still closed.
Bolinas Fairfax Road is closed at the Meadow Club in Fairfax down to Hwy 1. Tentatively reopening 1/13/17.
LUCAS VALLEY RD CLOSED AT
NICASIO VALLEY AND WESTGATE DUE TO WIRES DOWN, PROBABLY OVERNIGHT
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.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Lucas Valley Road closed both ways east of Nicasio Valley Rd. due to tree and power lines down.
An update on the 'atmospheric river'.
Birds lining up in the defensive position in Inverness. (thx A)
"You can get sandbags at the following locations: Pt. Reyes Public Safety Building, Woodacre Fire Department and the Tamalpias Community Center (203 Marin Ave.)" - via the Marin Sheriff
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/resources.php
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!
Two bald eagles playing with each other spotted off of Chicken Ranch Beach in Inverness today. A good omen?
I missed the epic sunrise picture this morning (anyone else get one?), but saw that the Point Reyes Lighthouse Cam did a pretty good job of capturing the moment. Calm before the storm.
Major tree down in the Shell Beach parking lot in Inverness. Good thing no cars around. Be prepared for more trees coming down. (Thx KM)
"Closed in #NorthOfPointReyes on Hwy 1 SB between Marshall Petaluma Rd and Point Reyes Petaluma Rd", this just report came in. Can anyone confirm?
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.
Rain has slowed down but wind really picking up steam in Inverness. Local crews hard at work keeping roads clear. Any other reports?
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/6725
More rain on the way! Heavy snow in Tahoe and there is snow in Healdsburg! Tomorrow will be very wet and very cold (snow for us?) Prepare accordingly, drive safe!
Last sunset of 2016 in Point Reyes. So grateful to be here for it. Happy New Years everyone! #sunset
Holiday traffic meets holiday traffic.
Here's a picture of accident on Lucas Valley Road by big rock. People say traffic not too bad now, tow truck on way. (Thx FP)
"Super icy on Lucas Valley. Car overturned eastbound below/before Big Rock. Everyone safe. CHP en route. Lane blocked with eastbound traffic piling up."
"The northbound lane of Shoreline Highway in the vicinity of the Bat House (mile marker 21) due to a vehicle rollover" - via KWMR
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/environment-and-nature/20161226/point-reyes-migrating-whales-return-to-action-after-last-seasons-phenomenon
Right place, right time. Elephant rock in Point Reyes looking stoic this evening. (Thx SC) #pointreyes #sunset
Happy Holidays from The West Marin Feed!
This car skidded off the road down into the bushes last night on Rt. 1 north of Point Reyes. Everyone was ok, but another reminder that the roads are slippery, drive slow and safe!
Rt 1 closed just north of Point Reyes because of car off the road. No estimated time to open. traffic totally stopped.
Intense skies out at the great beach in Point Reyes tonight.
Not exactly gushing yet, but we'll call it the offical 'spillover' at the Nicasio Reservoir. It will pick up speed as more water comes out of the hills. (Thx JS)
An uplifting holiday story...
Rolled into town just as someone let a little solstice pyre float down White House Pool. Happy Winter Solstice! Not sure it's a great idea, but pagans will be pagans.
"Traffic control in in effect on Sir Francis Drake Blvd in the vicinity of Perry's Deli due to a two vehicle collision" Via KWMR. Anyone have any details?
From the Point Reyes Light Sheriff's Calls. Hopefully the deer is feeling better by now.
Frosty day at the dock in Inverness in West Marin. #dock #westmarin #frost
Inverness Almanac art opening at Gallery Route One with Isis Hockenos and Madeline Hope today (Sun) from 2:00pm - 5:00pm.
"Thanks to #Lighthouse volunteer John, we just saw our first southbound gray #whale!" - Point Reyes NPS
"As of 5:50 AM, Lucas Valley Rd. at Big Rock has reopened. There are currently no closures in Marin CHP jurisdiction. @MarinSheriff @maringov"
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.
"More flooding at Platform Bridge and Sir Francis Drake Blvd." - thx BE
Rt 1. is flooded at the Olema Campground. Sir Francis Drake and Rt.1 through Bear Valley is still open. Sorry about not clarifying that.
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/westmarinfeed
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Via KWMR: "Lucas Valley Road is currently closed due to a tree down and power lines - 1/2 mile west of Big Rock. This is a longer term closure, please take another route. 3:11pm 12/15/2016"
"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!
"West Marin and Inverness Schools are calling an emergency minimum day. Inverness gets out at 12:15 and West Marin at 12:30. If your kids don't take the bus, you need to pick them up." Thx LM