“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.