Resort owner Lynn Crescione and most of her neighbors are readier than ever for the whopper El Niño predicted to spread havoc along the Russian River in coming weeks. That preparation was learned the hard way, through years of pain. The first time the river leaped its banks and drowned Crescione’s spread of rustic cabins in Guerneville, in 1986, she reckoned it was a once-in-a-lifetime bad break. It’ll never hit that hard again, she thought. Bracing for El Niño LocalBy Kevin FaganReservoir ghost towns offer glimpse of history before waters riseLocalBy Kurtis AlexanderDisaster officials brace for havoc from historic El NiñoLocalBy Kevin Fagan1998 El Niño pounded an unready Bay Area: Are we prepared now? Then came the epic El Niño floods of 1997-98. Crescione’s cabins went under the river’s surging waters again. She’d had enough. So by the time the moderately bad floods of 2005-06 came, Crescione had raised most of her resort up on stilts by 61 feet — more than 10 feet higher than the river’s most catastrophic flood on record. “These really bad floods always come mid-decade, right around New Year’s, and I just got tired of the routine,” she said. “Moving furniture upstairs on New Year’s… Read full this story
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