Two flooded California towns remain inaccessible

GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say they expect two Northern California towns cut off after a river broke its banks during heavy rain to be accessible again by Friday.

Tennis Wick, Sonoma County’s permits director, said Thursday 30 teams of damage inspectors plan to enter flooded communities along the Russian River once the water level drops below the flood stage of 32 feet (10 meters). Wick says they expect that to happen by Friday afternoon.

The Russian River in wine country north of San Francisco reached about 46 feet (14 meters) Wednesday night, its highest level in 25 years. Floodwaters cut off the towns of Guerneville and Monte Rio and inundated several other communities.

Sheriff Mark Essick says there are no reports of deaths or injuries. He adds that deputies have helped rescued three women since Wednesday night.

He says two were on a boat without paddles and one had to be rescued from a tree after driving her car into floodwaters.