Rainfall from severe, slow-moving storms earlier this week has resulted in major flooding in Northern California, prompting Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency in five counties.

The overflowing Russian River in Sonoma County led to a mandatory evacuation order on Tuesday after a massive mudslide occurred nearby. At least two towns have been left inaccessible except by boat. Rainfall has tapered but waterways have yet to crest, and mudslides remain a threat.

Doug Stringer is scheduled to be in nearby Santa Rosa, California, at the end of March, where he will be speaking to church leaders at a mini-conference titled, “The Church Serving Communities in Crisis: How Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Response Can Transform Your Community.” This event is part of the larger Transforum 2019. The recent storm broke rainfall records in Santa Rosa, with 5.66 inches falling in one day. The previous record was 1.82 inches back in 1919.

Somebody Cares has partners who have already been working in that area, helping to rebuild from the wildfires. We have been in touch with them to find out if they have specific needs. Please pray for all flooding victims and first responders.

To contribute to Somebody Cares ongoing relief efforts, please visit www.SomebodyCares.org.