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Page 8 The Cloverdale Reveille March 7, 2019 www, cloverdaJereveHJe.com BEFORE AND AFTER -- (Clockwise from top) Doc Holoday and Hans Bruhner, from left, embrace at a cleanup site in Guerneville. (Photo Andrew Pardiac); Alexis Smith's backyard under water (Photo Alexis Smith); Alexis Smith and Carley Weaver, from left, look at where the water had risen to at their home. (Photo Andrew Pardiac); Dermot Hickisch and Maura Dilley get together in front of the marquee at the Rio Theater. The marquee is an homage to the one put up after the 1995 flood. (Photo Andrew Pardiac) By Andrew Pardiac Managing Editor : : an'd ew'@sonO a: est .corn It was dirty work, but many did it with a smile. Neighbors around the Russian River were salvaging what they could and cleaning out the rest after the flooding that began the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 26. Piles of damaged property lined River Road approaching Guerneville and lasted beyond Monte Rio. Garbage haulers worked their way down roads, picking it up. Heavy equipment moved propane tanks and refrigerators that swept through several yards. Todd Puterbaugh lives east of Guerneville and was trapped in by the water. "It rose quick," he said, as he cleaned up. He said his sister woke him up Wednesday morning around 5:30 a.m. He flipped on the TV and turned on the weather. Puterbaugh moved from Petaluma a month ago. The water made it right up to the first-story window, between four and five feet up. It was his first flood. His mind was a blur when he realized how bad the flood had gotten. "I need beer. I need to get out of here. I'm running low on water and food," he said. "I tried waking the neighbor up, he said. "We pounded and pounded and pounded on his door because his car was going under. And it went under. The only thing you could see was the roof. I tried to zoom back, but I He was going to stay at his couldn't get in," he said. The : :sister's but endect up at his ' ro d had already raised apartment, where he .submerged watched the flood unfold.On Neeley Road in "We never lost electricity Guerneville, the water swept or cable. Nope. Thank God," a shed down the road, left he said. redwood stumps on roofs and Once the water went down,littered thousands of objects he started hauling everything along the banks of the river. out. Whatever wasn't cleaned Daniel Magdaleno was was taken out roadside. The working for a few days to help lower level had to be sterilized clean Guerneville River Park before anything was brought and the surrounding back in. property. "The owners were on it "I'm just doing what I can quick," he said of his for the community," he said, landlords, the Kents. "She as he pried loose a garbage (Andrea Kent) was here that bin from a tree. next day, here with people to He was in the Santa Rosa clean." shelter during the storm and He said the water went was still staying there as of down quickly Thursday, and March 2. As he cleaned, he he was able to get to thesaid he was looking more to market to resupply, the future. "A lot of people stayed, "It's best to just accept it everyone out on their and move on," he said. porches," he said. "We There were dangers hidden became real close, all of us." in the silt and branches, Puterbaugh pointed to a though. As he was making a woman cleaning up down the pass through a thick patch, he road. came across an animal trap, "I didn't even know her rusted and sticking out of the until this happened. We came mud. to know each other, which, Cathy Smith was one of the you know, we never did friends and volunteers before." cleaning up the Play Land Just down the road, the mini-golf course. Farmhand and Riverside "I think this maybe a two- Wellness dispensary were day job," she said with a sorting out the mess in their smile. shared building. She said she was friends Though much of the with the new owners Tom and cannabis was soaked, the tip Sandy Glober and wanted to jar survived for another day, lend a hand. a few bills still tucked into it. "I had my first date here," Jason Flynn said he was she said. The two are still looking at the security happily married decades cameras and noticed the later. rising water. Smith was confident in the cleanup. "When the kids come back in June, it'll look like nothing happened," she said. Across the road, Roland Oltmann had more rebuilding to do. He had just bought ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF CLOVERDALE February is National Pet Dental Health Month Schedule a dental cleaning for the month of February and receive $40 off our already low prices! era, Call for Appointment! 894-3951 Redwood Campground last fall and was washing out silt. A wooden fence reinforced with concrete had been torn -, down along with an entire wall of his main building. Alexis Smith and Carley Weaver weathered the flood in their home on Center Way. They pointed to the lines at the tops of the minivan and garage door where sediment marked the high water. "We did not sleep Tuesday night at all," Smith said. She recalled how the water first reached ankle depth, then knee, then waist, until it would be over her head. "We had seven steps left, including the top step," she said of her raised home. Once the land reappeared, one of the first things to be cleaned was a propane tank that went through a neighbor's fence. "It smelled terrible," Smith said. Even with all the damage and trash, people along the river know to expect such things. Doc Holoday was out taking pictures of the damage. Holoday has been living in the area for more than two decades now. "I always ask people when they move here, 'What color is your boat?' And they say, 'I don't have a boat.' And I say, 'Well, how're you going to get to Safeway?'" he said. Along the main drag of Guerneville, things weren't always so bad. Coffee shops and bars filled with people exchanging stories over drinks. "Open" balloons waved in the light breeze outside open doors. One of the baristas said there hadn't even been signs of water coming into the shop and the neighboring book store was putting books back onto the bottom shelf, better " "L""--"'-'"" ------ Law Offices of !][ ] James F. DeMartini James E DeMartml, Paula S. Hall, = ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELORS AT LAW [[ . "Cloverdate's Full Service Law Firm" II Living Trusts, Wills, Power of Attorney 1] Business and Real Estate ][ * Personal Injury and Accident Litigation [[ Employment Law and Dispute Mediation [] * Collaborative Law j] Divorce/Custody/Child Support w'ww. cloverdalelaw.com 115 West First Street * Cloverdale - 894-5000 SCOOPING UP -- Charlie mini-golf course. Photo Andrew Pardiac Lambert scoops up mud at the Play Land safe than sorry. Some in the center of Monte Rio were not as lucky. Janie Frigault was at one of the Red Cross stations in flooded areas. She said she had given out 97 disaster kits, as of Saturday afternoon. Across the way, the Rio Theater had taken on water up to the top row of seats. Co-owner Colin Mutchler examined the line on the wall and compared it to a plaque marking the 1995 high water mark. It wasn't as high, but it made it up about four feet at the low point of the slanted aisles. There was a faint scent of vinegar in the air, and Mutchler explained that the seats had been washed with it to try and prevent molding. Co-owner Dermot Hickisch explained that the marquee was an homage to the '95 flood. It read "A River Runs Through It, The Sequel." The '95 marquee being the original. This was his first major flood. "This one was really big and came up really fast," he said. "You just got to conserve energy. The most amazing part was how water moved things." His wife and business partner, Maura Dilley, said, "We have an 8-month old baby, and this is his fourth natural disaster." Hickisch said the theater had been prepared for a flood, but he is looking to make improvements going forward. Like so many other businesses, there was only so much he could do to fight the rising river.