Sixth biggest flood for Russian River…February’s flood this year was at least 3’ lower than the highest ever recorded in February, 1986, yet the devastation seems as great. Viewing Rio Nido Road from the Fire House around the time of peak flows, it appeared inundated to nearly the same level as the 1986 flood (almost 49’), about 20’ from the structure. The river hit 45.4’ on Wednesday night (Feb. 27th) and an estimated 2000 buildings flooded. Nearby streets were approximately 5’ to 7’ deep during the flood. About 3500 people had been told to evacuate.