Daphne Fontino Death – According to the officials, a woman in her forties was discovered to have drowned and been found dead in a waterlogged vehicle in Sonoma County after personnel had been searching for her since Tuesday morning. According to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, the woman was found early Wednesday morning in Forestville, where her vehicle was between 8 and 10 feet submerged. Daphne Fontino, a resident of Ukiah, California, which is located in Mendocino County, has been determined to be the victim.
Sheriff’s Office stated
According to the Trenton-Healdsburg County Sheriff’s Office, Fontino contacted 911 on Tuesday after 10:00 a.m. and reported that her vehicle was submerged in floodwaters in the 6000 block of Trenton-Healdsburg Road and that there was water inside the vehicle. Following that, the call was terminated. The Marine Unit, multiple helicopters, deputies, and rescue teams all responded to the location and searched for the automobile and its driver until dark; however, they were unsuccessful in their search. Crews then began their search again on Wednesday morning and found the car submerged about 100 yards off the road.
California Highway Patrol
Following the discovery of a dead body inside the vehicle by a deputy assigned to the Marine Unit, other deputies and firefighters were dispatched to remove the body. Fourteen other people have died in California as a result of the severe storms and flooding. “The sheriff’s office sends our condolences to victim’s family and friends during this challenging time,” the office said in a press release posted on Facebook. The Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank Sonoma County Fire and the California Highway Patrol for their assistance during the search.
Related topic: Man swept away in floodwaters while trying to save 3 children
As residents of two communities hundreds of miles to the south were stranded by the worst floods there in more than 20 years, authorities reported Thursday that a father from Northern California was swept away by floodwaters and died while trying to reach his home where three children were trapped. According to Samantha Karges, a spokeswoman for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the unidentified man was swept away by the swift stream while attempting to walk through up to 5 feet of water from a barn to his home in Ferndale on Wednesday evening. The man was being attempted to be rescued by two adults and a child, but their tractor stalled in the water. The three children and they were later evacuated from the house by deputies in a boat, according to Karges.
The body of the missing man was discovered early on Thursday. According to Karges, he was the father of a 12-year-old locked in the house with two younger children. She wasn’t sure if the three kids were linked to one another. The numerous dairy farms in the low-lying rural area, which is located around 215 miles north of San Francisco, were inundated as the Eel River overflowed its banks. After a two-day storm overwhelmed the region, floodwaters from the Russian River were subsiding in Sonoma County, about 150 miles to the south. Twenty inches of rain were recorded at one National Weather Service station in 48 hours. The floodwaters that covered the towns cut off Guerneville and Monte Rio. 3,500 people had to evacuate, and about 2,000 homes, shops, and other buildings were under water that was up to 8 feet deep.
Two wastewater treatment facilities were also not operating, raising worries about sewage overflows, said to Briana Khan, a Sonoma County spokeswoman. According to Sonoma County officials, the Russian River in the wine region north of San Francisco crested at more than 46 feet on Wednesday night. It was not anticipated that the water would reach the river’s banks until late on Thursday. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that officials received no calls for help overnight Wednesday from hundreds of people who stayed in their homes instead of heeding evacuation orders. The flooding in the area has not been linked to any incidents of injuries or fatalities. Although the river usually floods during rainy weather, this level had not been reached in more than 20 years.
Guerneville’s streets turned into vast expanses of murky brown water. A couple and their dog got a ride from Jeff Bridges, a hotel co-owner and head of the Russian River Chamber of Commerce, on Wednesday after they got stuck in a low-lying apartment. His two-bedroom house was being used as a bunkhouse by five people whose homes had flooded. “We saw quite a few fish swimming by my front porch,” he said. Bridges said this flood was the fourth he’s experienced in 33 years, and the locals took the disaster calmly. “It’s the price you pay to live in paradise,” he said. “Buffalo, New York, puts up with blizzards. Miami and Houston put up with hurricanes. … We have floods.” Bridges asserted that, as with previous floods, cleaning up his R3 Hotel would take weeks. The 23-room hotel was surrounded by water that was almost 8 feet deep. “Anything that’s been flooded, you’ve got to rip it out, sanitize everything … and rebuild,” he said. “Everything’s fixable,” he added.
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