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www.cloverdalereveille.com March 7, 2019 The Cloverdale Reveille Page 9 By Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com Long in the list of cities impacted by last week's atmospheric river was Geyserville. While Geyserville and north county as a whole didn't receive the brunt of the storm -- roadways were impacted and some residents experienced flooding. According to Geyserville Fire Chief Marshall Turbeville, the majority of the flood impact that he saw centered around roads and residential and agricultural flooding. "As far as major flood damage, there were 15 to 20 houses, a bit of Alexander Valley Road and a lot of (agricultural) land that got flooded," Turbeville said. The main damage that occurred, however, had to do with a portion of River Road. "The Russian River continues to erode that road away," he said. "So far it's held up, but if we keep getting storms, it's inevitable." As of press time on March 5, Daniel Virkstis of Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works said that the county was preparing to protect the embankment at River Road. Protecting the embankment involves placing large boulders at the corner of the erosion site. As the rains were picking up Tuesday night, the Geyser~lle Protection District stationed engines around the area -- in the Vineyard Club, at Highway 128 and Alexander Valley Road, Chiquira Road and at the station -- in the event of increased road closures or ff River Road ended up washing away. Overall, the fire department didn't have to deal with many flood-induced calls. "Most of the things we dealt with were the day-to-day normal stuff, vehicle accidents and medical aids," Turbeville said. While the stationing of engines at various points around town was done as a preparatory measure, the department did have to rescue some vehicles that got stuck in high water. "We didn't see accidents or anything increase," Turbeville said. During the flooding, however, they had to make some vehicle rescues. "It was frustrating," he said. "I think we had two cars that decided to drive around barricades. In our opinion, that's avoidable." UNDER WATER -- Vineyards in Geyserville off the Lytton atmospheric river swept through Sonoma County. Photo Nicholas Pavelka Springs exit on Alexander Valley Road were under water on Feb. 27, as the declares local state in response to floodin MORNING FLOOD -- Water blanketed a backyard on South River Road on the morning of Feb. 27. Photo Julie Dilley Continued from Page 1 A levee that separates Cloverdale Municipal Airport from the Russian River broke, which caused large amounts of rocks and debris to wash up onto the airport runway, and in the area surrounding the runway. While the water treatment plant sustained minor damage to two wells, the bulk of the plant remained unharmed. At the plant, both well No. 13 and well No. 14 were impacted. Both wells were offiine and in standby, since they don't usually operate in winter, said senior water treatment plant operator Darren Hernandez. "The air vents and critical electrical connections stayed well above flood waters," Hernandez said. "The portions on the wells inundated by flood waters are designed to withstand flooding with minimal damage." However, the protective housing around the wells were damaged, and both wells will need to be cleaned before they begin operating again. "A flow meter and transducer for one of the wells may have also sustained some damage," Hernandez continued. "But when we designed these wells in 2012-13, we designed them to withstand flooding events given their location and elevation." Prior to turning water production off and leaving the water treatment plant on Feb. 26, Hernandez topped off the city's reservoirs so that the water plant could operate in standby during the height of the storm. Cloverdale's wastewater treatment plant wasn't grossly impacted by the weather. According to senior plant operator Jay Robinson, the plant doesn't discharge into the river and instead discharges water through seven evaporation and percolation ponds. Though the city has seven ponds, this was the first time in his 24 years of working at the plant that the city has had to resort to using all seven ponds. "They weren't overflowing," he said. "We were still able to operate within our permit." When it comes to increased wastewater processing, Robinson said that the January daffy average was 1.4 million gallons of water being processed per day. On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the plant processed 6 million gallons. Though Cloverdale's wastewater treatment plant only processes sanitary sewer water -- from showers, dishwashers, washing machines, etc. -- Robinson said that the increase in water flow was impacted by people who hook up their gutter and outside water drainage to their sewer systems, which the city discourages. Following the news that a mudslide had occurred on Portofino Way, public works staff worked through the early morning in an attempt to secure the houses beneath the hill from being hit by debris. "If it weren't for my guys, the water that was flowing would've made it through these homes," Rincon said. Since the area behind the homes was secured by sandbags, the damage was limited. Two houses on Portofino Way received the brunt of the damage, with some broken fence posts and debris sliding into their backyards. "I truly believe that if it weren't for the reaction of public works, they would're suffered more damage," Rincon added. One of the biggest anticipated fixes for the city will be the levee at the Cloverdale Municipal Airport. A levee sits on the right side of the airport runway, and blocks the elevated Russian River from intruding on the airport. During the flooding, the airport was "a standing lake." The airplanes that were out sustained water damage, and many of them had to have operational parts like brakes replaced. On Saturday, people were still airing out and drying the inside of the planes from water that went into the cabs. According to Rincon, the levee was put in in the early 1960s and therefore follows an older set of regulations. Because of this, if the city decides to fix the levee, it will likely have to replace all of it. "I don't think it was overtopped, I think it failed because it was oversaturated," Rincon said about the cause of the breakage. "It looked like it was built of river rock and compacted. Today's standards for levees are different." The levee doesn't need to be repaired for the airport to operate, but the debris that covers the runway needs to be cleared out before airport operation continues. As of press time, Rincon said that the airport was set to be open sometime this week. In addition to the four major areas impacted by the flooding, the city also experienced multiple road closures because of increased water levels. Several trees fell in the city, but according to Rincon, most of them fell in Cloverdale's open space. As of press time, Geysers Road in unincorporated Cloverdale was closed to non-residents because of a retaining wall that failed due to the storm. HEALTHCARE: Continued from Page 1 assisting with preliminary planning and engineering, AVH needs to have site control by March 31 -- executing a PSA was one way to give AVH site control, while still allowing the time needed by the city to negotiate a development agreement. As such, the PSA doesn't authorize development. Once created, the wellness center will take the place of AVH's current leased locations, as well as include additional services. "We envision that it's going to be an expanded variety of services that address wellness issues for Cloverdale and surrounding areas," said Paula Wrenn, president of the AVH Board of Directors. "We want to make it easier for people to have quality access." "The size of the facility is based on having the platform of community wellness centered around primary care. We provide family medicine, dental, behavioral health, financial services for health coverage, case management -- all kinds of ancillary things besides the doctor-patient relationship," Howell said. "We believe, and data shows, that when you have a primary care provider, you generally have better health. That's the foundation. We also realize that in a rural community, there are so many services that we do not have access to unless we travel out of the community our goal is to have a first floor at this new facility that is designated as resources for the entire community." Examples of possible resources include lab services, wound care, specialty care, among others. Allowing the execution of a PSA was unanimously supported by the Cloverdale City Council; Councilmember Mary Ann Brigham recused herself because she owns property near Thyme Square. Getting the go-ahead from the city was overwhelming, Howell said. "I've lived in Cloverdale for over 35 years. I've raised my children here, my grandkids live here," she said. "It's a needed service, it's an essential component to any health community and we work in suboptimal facilities out of necessity. My goal is to have the best service available for our patients, the whole community and for our staff." According to the agenda item summary that was presented to the city council, the next steps for the project include reviewing the project and preparing a CEQA document and negotiating a development agreement that will "describe the terms and conditions governing future development of the project on the Thyme Square property." "My goal is to have the sign that says 'coming soon' by the summer I'll have a defined project timeline by the end of this month," Howell said. #MyNeWspaper Michael Seymour from Santa Rosa creates his sculptures out of steel. "Steel sculpture is a paradox," Seymour said. "It yields under heat and hammer almost fluid, yet incredibly unforgiving when cold. Its creation becomes a deliberate and conscience decision." His sculpture, Pigasus, was created much like a line drawing-- only becoming three dimensional with the addition of steel, line after line until a form began to appear. The repetition of heavy welded wire rod creates dimension and value, yet yields an ethereal quality until the form of Pigasus emerges. The legs and wings thrusting back were intended to give a dynamic movement to the piece. The mounting of the sculpture is meant to give Pigasus the feeling of lifting off. Pigasus is 42 inches tall by 24 inches wide, and is 48 inches deep. The sculpture is located in front of the Kelley & Young Wine Tasting Room at 119 S. Cloverdale Blvd. Kelley & Young are sponsoring Pigasus. "Pigasus is my interpretation of the quote 'if pigs could fly,'" Seymour said, explaining his sculpture. "It is a fanciful, happy pig flying to unknown destinations. It is my hope all viewers enjoy and smile when they experience this piece." Take the Otocast's audio self-guided tour of the Sculpture Trail to learn more PIGASUS -- Michael Seymour's laying lines of steel. about the Michael Seymour and Pigasus. Download the free Otocast app at Geogle Play or the Apple App Store to listen to all of the exhibiting sculptors. For more information on the Sculpture Trail, a sculpture exhibit in Photo provided Pigasus sculpture emerged out of Cloverdale, visit cloverdalesculpturetrail.org. The exhibit is produced by the Cloverdale Historical Society. -- Submitted by Joyce P. Mann