Cresting rivers, mudslides ravage wine country

first_img “We are just very strongly recommending that people living in the lower areas lock up everything and go to higher ground,” said Linda Eubanks of Sonoma County’s Office of Emergency Services. “Just because it stopped raining doesn’t mean the water is going down.” Elsewhere in Sonoma County, firefighters rescued two people from a mobile home park, where 4 feet of rushing water washed at least one home off its foundation, said Division Chief Bob Norrbom with the Sonoma Valley Fire Authority. Rick Diaz went out into a flooded Petaluma neighborhood in a 14-foot Zodiac boat on his own to ferry residents to dry ground and rescue their pets. “He’s a hero,” said a tearful Suzi Keber after the wetsuit-clad Diaz rescued two pet lizards from her home. In downtown San Anselmo, the creek overflowed into as many as 70 businesses, said town administrator Debbie Stutsman. Two people rescued from the rising water there were hospitalized with hypothermia, she said. “I’m looking out of my office now at merchants bringing their damaged goods out into the street,” Stutsman said. “The entire downtown area was under 4 feet of water.” “It’s pretty bad all across town,” she said. In St. Helena, the Napa River was at record levels, seven feet over flood stage. The last record flood there in 1986 destroyed dozens of homes and businesses. Mudslides closed several major roads, including Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada about 25 miles west of Reno. Six tractor-trailer rigs were caught in one slide on I-80 early Saturday, but no injuries were reported. The interstate, the major corridor linking Northern California and points east, was expected to remain closed for at least two days, said California Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Dinger. “No work can be done until the slide stabilizes and we don’t know when that will occur,” Dinger said. Further east, I-80 westbound near Fairfield, about 45 miles outside San Francisco, sat under 4 feet of water and was shut down. Authorities were leading traffic in the opposite direction to break up the gridlock. “It’s a mess, everything’s a mess,” said Officer Darren Carrington of the California Highway Patrol. One woman suffered a broken leg when a mudslide destroyed her home in Santa Rosa late Friday. It took firefighters nearly an hour to free her from the debris, said Santa Rosa Fire Battalion Chief Andy Pforsich. Flooding also prompted evacuations of at least five mobile home parks in Nevada’s Reno-Carson City area. Flash flooding and landslides closed Interstate 5 both ways over the Siskiyou Summit near the Oregon line between Hilt and Ashland, Ore., but Oregon officials said three of the four lanes were reopened by midday. U.S. Highway 101 was closed by fallen trees and mud south of Crescent City. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson In the city of Napa, near the heart of wine country, the river was 5 feet over flood stage, as water surged into a several-block area of downtown. Forecasters expected water levels to begin falling later Saturday, and rise again slightly this morning. “We had so much water in such a short amount of time that manhole covers were popping all over the city,” said Napa City Councilman James Krider. Napa officials estimated that about 1,000 homes in the area were flooded. Further inland, Reno, Nev., was seeing its worst flooding since a 1997 storm caused $1 billion in damage. At least six helicopter rescues were performed in Sonoma County, where officials warned that the Russian River in the town of Guerneville was expected to rise as high as 11 feet above flood stage Saturday evening. NAPA, Calif. – A powerful storm set off mudslides that blocked major highways and sent rivers and creeks over their banks and into cities across Northern California on Saturday. More than half a dozen people had to be rescued from the rushing water. Forecasters warned of another storm today, but flood levels were not expected to exceed Saturday’s deluge. Rain also moved into Southern California on Saturday, and flash flood watches were issued for large areas burned by the year’s wildfires in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. State officials urged residents along the Napa and Russian Rivers and on hillsides to collect their valuables, gather emergency supplies and get out. last_img read more

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Profiling the AFCON teams: Namibia

first_imgNamibia will be taking part in only their third AFCON. (PHOTOS/AGENCIESNamibia will be featuring in their 3rd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament and first since 2008. They have never progressed past the group stages.In the 2019 edition, Namibia is in Group D alongside Morocco, Ivory Coast and South Africa.Namibia is one of the few African countries who took time to embrace the Africa Cup of nations.The Brave Warriors did not take part in the qualifiers for all AFCONS between 1957 and 1994.Their first attempt at qualification came in 1996 but they failed to reach the finals which were hosted in South Africa.However, the Brave Warriors were second time lucky as they qualified for Burkina Faso 1998.At the finals, they were placed in Group C alongside Ivory Coast, South Africa and Angola.The first game was a spirited 3-4 loss to the Ivorians, followed by a 3-3 draw against Angola. Needing a win to reach the quarter finals, Namibia would eventually lose 1-4 to South Africa. The result meant Namibia finished bottom of the group with only a point and were subsequently eliminated from the tournament.In the next four editions between 2000 and 2006, Namibia failed to qualify for the finals tournaments.They would however return for the 2008 finals in Ghana where they were placed in Group A alongside the hosts, Guinea and Morocco.The second finals in which Namibia took part in was Ghana 2008.The Brave Warriors once again finished bottom of the group with only one point after losing to Morocco and Ghana and then drawing with Guinea.This was the second time that Namibia qualified for the finals but finished bottom of their group.From 2010 to 2017, Namibia attempted but always failed to qualify for the AFCON finals’ tournament.CoachRicardo MannetiMannetti is a 44 year old former midfielder who has been Namibia’s head coach since 2015.Monneti has been Namibia’s head coach since 2015.He played as a midfielder in South Africa for Santos.For Namibia, Monneti featured for them between 1994 to 2003, including at the 1998 AFCON.He led Namibia to the COSAFA Cup in 2015, before resigning.He was re-appointed coach in September 2015 after patching things up with the Namibia Football Association.Star PlayerBenson Shilongo Shilongo is a 27 year old striker who plays for Egyptian side Ismaily.He has featured for several clubs on the African continent, United Africa Tigers, Gaborone United, Platinum Stars, Alassiouty Sport, Smoah and Ismaily.For Namibia, Shilongo debuted in 2012 and has so far scored 9 goals in 24 games.Shilongo has scored 9 goals for Namibia in 24 games.Projection: Group StageNamibia’s fixtures at AFCON 2019-Namibia vs Morocco, 24nd June-South Africa vs Namibia, 28th June-Namibia vs Ivory Coast, 01th JulyNamibia’s 23 man squad for AFCON 2019Ratanda Mbazuvara, Loydt Kazapua, Max Mbaeva, Ryan Nyambe, Larry Horaeb, Denzil Haoseb, Ivan Kamberipa, Charles Hambira, Riaan Hanamub, Ananias Gebhardt, Absalom Iimbondi, Willy Stephanus, Petrus Shitembi, Ronald Ketjijere, Dynamo Fredericks, Marcel Papama, Manfred Starke, Deon Hotto, Itamunua Keimuine, Benson Shilongo, Peter Shalulile, Joslyn Kamatuka and Isaskar Gurirab.Comments Tags: AFCON 2019Benson Shilongoivory coastMoroccoNamibiaRicardo MannetiSouth Africatoplast_img read more

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