Illegal dumping complicates Russian River flooding cleanup

People are traveling to Guerneville to dump unwanted trash, which has complicated cleanup from Russian River flooding in Sonoma County.

Posted: Mar 27, 2019 3:28 PM

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. - People are traveling to Guerneville to dump unwanted trash, which has complicated cleanup from Russian River flooding in Sonoma County.

Government officials said that people are taking advantage of the debris removal process and making matters worse for those trying to recover from February’s flooding.

“It could absolutely threaten our reimbursement,” said Lynda Hopkins, Sonoma County 5th District supervisor. “You have folks who just lost everything, and you have folks who are taking advantage of an opportunity to get rid of their stuff for free.”

Neither the county nor the state reimburses illegally dumped debris.

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