Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Guerneville Flood Project: Pulling the Car Out of the Water

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 5:26 AM

We're pretty sure this is the same car from our very first Guerneville Flood Photo Project post, so you can see the man who owned it here.What we don't know is who the drenched guy in the parka is, lending a helping hand. Or, for that matter, who you can't see in the photo: the operator of the winch, possibly on a tow truck, pulling the car to dry land.Does anyone have any ideas? This may have been across the street from what's now the Stumptown Brewery, on Old River Road. We think. Maybe. Let us know in the comments below.

The Guerneville Flood Project is a week-long dive into the photo archives of the North Bay Bohemian. Read about the project here, and view more 1986 Guerneville Flood photos by clicking here.

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The Guerneville Flood Project: Ruth Bennett and Kids

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 4:13 AM

Gotta love that old 'Guerneville Gators' shirt!Pictured here is Ruth Bennett with her kids and their dog, according to the caption we found.

The look on Ruth's face is priceless—a combination of exhaustion and happy relief.But where is she now? And where are those kids?Let us know in the comments below.The Guerneville Flood Project is a week-long dive into the photo archives of the North Bay Bohemian. Read about the project here, and view more 1986 Guerneville Flood photos by clicking here.

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The Guerneville Flood Project: Kids in Monte Rio School Room

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 3:15 AM

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Schools were definitely closed during the flood—and in the immediate aftermath. These kids survey the wreckage of their classroom at Monte Rio School. Note how the chairs are still placed atop the table for the janitors to sweep up at the end of the day. Turns out the floors got a giant mopping instead.

To our eye, this looks a lot like a library, with the globe, the books, the spinning rack. But who are those boys? And where are they now?Let us know in the comments below.The Guerneville Flood Project is a week-long dive into the photo archives of the North Bay Bohemian. Read about the project here, and view more 1986 Guerneville Flood photos by clicking here.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Guerneville Flood Project: Waiting by the RV

Posted By on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 11:47 AM

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Just another family portrait of people waiting.

.. waiting... waiting...Does anyone recognize these people? Let us know in the comments below.The Guerneville Flood Project is a week-long dive into the photo archives of the North Bay Bohemian. Read about the project here, and view more 1986 Guerneville Flood photos by clicking here.

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The Guerneville Flood Project: A Wayward Roof

Posted By on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 11:41 AM

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It's not the boat in this picture that's unusual. Boats floated down the street in Guerneville all the time in 1986.No, what's uncommon is the sight of an entire roof floating down the street.

Looks like the phone pole stopped it just in time, but we still have to wonder: Where did the roof come from? And where was it headed?If you recognize this roof as your own, or can sleuth out this location, let us know in the comments below.The Guerneville Flood Project is a week-long dive into the photo archives of the North Bay Bohemian. Read about the project here, and view more 1986 Guerneville Flood photos by clicking here.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Guerneville Flood Project: Gravenstein Highway and Hwy. 1

Posted By on Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 11:50 AM

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Even out at the coast, past Duncans Mills, there was water, water everywhere.

Here's the intersection of Gravenstein Highway and Hwy. 1, just north of Goat Rock at Jenner.Obviously, the intersection is usually a much drier road.The Guerneville Flood Project is a week-long dive into the photo archives of the North Bay Bohemian. Read about the project here, and view more 1986 Guerneville Flood photos by clicking here.

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The Guerneville Flood Project: Helicopter on "Main Street"

Posted By on Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 9:41 AM

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Even today, a visit to Guerneville usually results in something you don't see every day.

But here's something you really don't see every day—an enormous federal rescue helicopter landing in the middle of the street.A loose caption says something about this helicopter landing on Main Street, but knowing that Main Street was completely submerged, we're not quite sure that could be true.Does anyone recognize where this might have been in 1986? Or does anyone recognize themselves in the foreground, crouching away from the gusts?Let us know in the comments below.The Guerneville Flood Project is a week-long dive into the photo archives of the North Bay Bohemian. Read about the project here, and view more 1986 Guerneville Flood photos by clicking here.

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The Guerneville Flood Project: Frederick McDonald

Posted By on Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 9:22 AM

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Yet another shot of someone recuperating at the Santa Rosa Vets Building after the flood.

Once upon a time, Hollywood had filmed the movie Smile at the Vets Building, but eight years later there weren't too many people smiling. Just getting on with their lives, wherever life might take them.This man's name is Frederick McDonald—at the time this shot was taken, newly homeless.Does anyone remember Frederick? Know where he is now?Let us know in the comments below.The Guerneville Flood Project is a week-long dive into the photo archives of the North Bay Bohemian. Read about the project here, and view more 1986 Guerneville Flood photos by clicking here.

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The Guerneville Flood Project: Rowboats at Abby's Playland

Posted By on Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 9:11 AM

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Okay! This photo is sure to strike some memories. Shown here are residents row-boating their way to safety past the parking lot for Abby's Playland. (Sorry for the poor resolution.

)We're pretty sure that Abby's Playland turned into either J's Amusements, or possibly Pee Wee Golf. But we could be wrong.Was Abby's Playland even in Guerneville? Does anyone remember? And what exactly was at Abby's Playland?Does anyone remember rowing past Abby's Playland?Let us know in the comments below.The Guerneville Flood Project is a week-long dive into the photo archives of the North Bay Bohemian. Read about the project here, and view more 1986 Guerneville Flood photos by clicking here.

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The Guerneville Flood Project: Dominic Raitano

Posted By on Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 9:11 AM

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We don't know much about Dominic Raitano. He's pictured here "surveying the damage" to his property after the flood, according to the caption.

But who is Dominic Raitano?A Google search indicates that he may have moved to San Jose, and at one point, the Russian River Historical Society had some information on him that's since disappeared online.Does anyone remember Dominic Raitano, or know what happened to him?Let us know in the comments below.The Guerneville Flood Project is a week-long dive into the photo archives of the North Bay Bohemian. Read about the project here, and view more 1986 Guerneville Flood photos by clicking here.

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