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(ken) the governor also declaring a state of emergency after the flooding. thank you for joining us. im ken wayne.(pam) and i'm pam moore. the river is expected to fall below flood stage tomorrow morning... but until then, thousands of people are waiting to return home. kron 4's dan thorn is live in forestville tonight with the latest... dan?
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so it um, where i thought yesterday it would've come up slowly. it was overnight, it came up fast. and this didn't help, it was as high as inside as outside. so i mean now there's just going to be a lot of cleanup.>
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have begun to recede ... but most flood victims will likely have to wait until tomorrow to return home. (pam) let's bring in chief meteorologist lawrence karnow... he is tracking the latest flood
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numbers. lawrence karnow: it was a dry day for the bay area but the flooding conitnues along the russian river. flood waters are expected to recede below flood stage by tomorrow morning. there are only a few showers showing up on doppler radar around the state. we will see mostly cloudy skies tonight but it should stay dry. on the satellite you can see the next storm coming our way. most of friday will be dry but rain will return late night. highs tomorrow will be in the 50s to low 60s. rain will be heavy early saturday morning before turning to showers in the afternoon. we could see a few lingering showers on sunday. more rain is forecast for next tuesday and wednesday. (ken) firefighters are
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continuing their patrols tonight on the russian river. they are looking for any hazards or any one who may need help. earlier today kron4's haaziq madyun went out on patrol with the forestville fire department. sotthat trailer is just one of the hazards spotted by the forestville fire department boat patrol here in the russian river in the town of forestvillesot forestville fire engineer bob gromala talks about the next patrolsot
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tanks, trailers, cars. as the water recedes it will be trapped in the trees and we'll be looking out for those as hazards"another potential hazard power lines that are usually way over head are now dangerously close because this section of the river has risen over 40-feetsotthere goes another forestville fire patrol boat. they also use jetski's to patrol. over head mutual aid by a calfire helicopter sotwhat does this 16 1/2 year forestville fire fighter think of the damage caused by this floodsot there was no one in need of help on this patrol. however as the river recedes forestville fire department officials say they are standing by just in case they are needed...in forestville haaziq madyun kron4news
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(pam) and certain lanes of highway- 37 are still closed tonight because of flooding. the closure is happening between atherton avenue and highway- 101 near novato. eastbound lanes reopened last night-- but the westbound lanes are closed. there is no estimate when they will reopen. and the closure is reportedly causing a lot of traffic in the westbound lanes on the richmond - san rafael bridge. (ken) the n-t-s-b has released a preliminary report on the natural gas explosion and fire on geary boulevard in san francisco earlier this month. the report says the gas line that was struck by a third party contractor ignited in less than 10 seconds. the five employees were able to escape injury because of "audible and visual clues" that indicated they had struck the gas line. at least 4
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buildings suffered serious damage in the resulting explosion and 3 alarm fire. in order to shut off the gas.. pg&e crews had to turn off six different valves nearby... and mechanically pinch off the main gas line. last week... two people filed a lawsuit against the company that against the company that broke the gas line... saying they were left homeless by the fire. the n-t-s-b says it is continuing to investigate. meanwhile p-g&e is saying it's likely to be held responsible for causing another fire.... last november's devastating camp fire in butte county. (pam) the company made the statement in a financial filing to its investors. kron'4s dan kerman is live at p-g&e heaquarters tonight... dan... we understand this is the first time p-g&e has said anything like this... the officials cause of last november's destructive and deadly camp fire in butte county has not yet been dtermine but in its latest earnings report , pacific gas and electric says "the company
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believes it is probable that its equipment will be determined to be an ignition point of the 2018 camp fire." sot mark toney/the utility reform network :15mark toney with pg&e watchdog the utilty reform network says all signs point to pg& e's negligence too which is why he thinks a federal judge should change the company's leadership.sot the report also indicates p,g and e has set aside billions of dollars for claims filed by camp fire victimssot mike danko/attorney for fire victims :55attorney mike danko who represents thousands of camp fire victims says that's great news considering many had thought the utilitys filing for bankruptcy meant victims were out of lucksot 130/to be compensated coming up.. it was a
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director, governors highway safety association>"6,200 of our friends and neighbors are no longer here because they chose to just walk somewhere. that shouldn't be a death sentence."(ken) a new report outlines a dramatic rise in pedestrian deaths in the last five years. (pam) california ranks high on the list of states across the nation ... where you are most likely to be hit by a car. kron four's grant lodes is here with the numbers.grant? (grant) weighted for population, pedestrians at the highest risk for being killed in these nine states and the district of columbia.. the governors highway safety association analyzed numbers from all over the country and estimated that last year was the deadliest pedestrian year in nearly three decades. "traffic deaths overall are going down,
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and yet pedestrian deaths are going up every year. so it is alarming."back in 1990, nearly 65=hundred americans died after being hit by cars.by 2009 that number dropped to just over 4=thousand before starting another steep climb ... more than fifty percent in less than ten years.; "traffic deaths overall are going down, and yet pedestrian deaths are going up every year. so it is alarming."so what's going on here?for one thing, cars are getting bigger ... with more s=u=v's and light trucks on the road.the number of deaths with heavier vehicles is rising faster than with passengers cars.alcohol was a factor in about half of pedestrian deaths."not only are drivers many times having have had too much to drink behind the wheel, sometimes pedestrians are as well."the study found one out of three victims and one out of six drivers was legally impaired. then there are smartphones... a danger in and out of the driver's seat,"it's very easy for there to be confusion and somebody could get hurt.""all of your senses have to be there you don't need to be doing other things"the advice to drivers and pedestrians ... avoid any distractions "take a break, focus on that nice walk, focus on that nice drive, give your it will help you get there safely." (grant) most pedestrian deaths are on local roads, at night,
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away from intersections. the report says that indicates a need for safer road crossings. over the past 10 years, nighttime crashes accounted for more than 90 percent of the total increase in pedestrian deaths (pam) a police chase ended this afternoon in oakland ... with a crash into a marijuana dispensary ... and three arrests. around 2:30- this afternoon, alameda county sheriffs attempted to stop this car ... that they believed was connected to a number of robberies. the three suspects fled ... and ended up crashing into a marijuana dispensary on international blvd at seminary. police reported no significant injuries for anyone involved. sheriffs say, they caught the three suspects, with the help of oakland police. (ken)a big story tonight. investigators believe slick roads could have played a factor in a crash that killed three family members. it happened on interstate-80... not far from the bay bridge
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toll plaza. the family's vehicle crashed into a big-rig stopped on the side of westbound interstate 80 at 1:20 this morning in oakland. two women and a man died in the crash. rescuers took a 17 year old relative of the victims to the hospital. police believe speed may have been a factor in the crash, as well as wet road conditions. tonight, we are learning about the identity of the victim in last friday's landslide along the beach at san francisco's fort funston. 22- year old kyra sunshine scarlet ... was walking along the beach with her dog, iris, and a friend, when a landslide suddenly occured. her friend, and the dog, both made it out alive -- however, scarlet has yet to be found. originally from florida and utah, she had been living in oakley at the time of the incident. her family describes her as a beautiful, sweet and amazing woman... and they say, she died in one of her favorite places on earth.a 'gofundme' page has been set up in the
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victims name --- so far it has raised just over $2000..... (ken) another big story tonight... oakland teachers are on strike for a sixth day. but the teachers union is praising a recent decision made by the oakland school district. the oakland school board canceled a meeting on making budget cuts. the teachers union says the district did the right thing ... in light of the largely empty classrooms and the on-going negotiations. today marks one week since teachers walked off the job. the majority of students have not crossed the picket lines and are staying out of classrooms. it's not clear if both sides are getting any closer to reaching a deal. the strike is expected to continue tomorrow. let's take a look outside right now... s-f-o... no delays tonight... after long weather related delays long weather tonight... after long weather related delays earlier in the week chief meteorologist
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lawrence karnow joins us now with the four zone forecast. lawrence karnow: it was a dry day for the bay area but the flooding conitnues along the russian river. flood waters are expected to recede below flood stage by tomorrow morning. there are only a few showers showing up on doppler radar around the state. we will see mostly cloudy skies tonight but it should stay dry. on the satellite you can see the next storm coming our way. most of friday will be dry but rain will return late night. highs tomorrow will be in the 50s to low 60s. rain will be heavy early saturday morning before turning to showers in the afternoon. we could see a few lingering showers on sunday. more rain is forecast for next tuesday and wednesday. (ken) coming up tonight at 6:45... the push for national gun control legislation takes one big step forward ... but predictions are, it will eventually end up taking two steps back ... we'll explain .. we'll explain
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.. wednesday.and next tuesday forecast for rain is sunday. more rain is forecast for next tuesday and wednesday.
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(ken) coming up tonight at 6:45... the push for national gun control legislation takes one big step forward ... but predictions are, it will eventually end up taking two steps back ... we'll explain .. (pam) and next.. a new electric car option from tesla with a smaller price tag.. but the better price tag comes with significant downside.. details ahead. [music playing] (sashimi) psst. hey, you!
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model three is finally here. today.... the bay area electric carmaker announced the debut of the pared-down version of the model three sedan. it comes more than a year after tesla began delivering its higher -price- point model three cars. c-e-o elon musk said tesla will have to close stores and lay off workers to make producing the cheaper car financially sustainable. the company says it is changing to online sales only -- in order to achieve the 35-thousand dollar price tag. tesla is also introducing a version called the "model three standard range plus" for 37-thousand dollars. it promises an extra 20 miles of range and an additional 10 miles per hour to the top speed. (pam) you will soon be able to catch a flight to hawaii -- from the bay area... on a southwest airlines plane. the f-a-a has announced it has approved the low cost carrier .... to begin flights to the islands. the cities southwest will fly from are san jose, oakland, sacramento, and san diego.
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that means cheaper flights to honolulu, maui, and kauai .... not only on southwest... but on all carriers...because of the increase in competition. southwest says, it plans to announce in the coming days.. when tickets will officially go on sale .... (ken) coming up in sports, the bryce harper sweepstakes have finally come to an end... and unfortunately, he won't be rocking orange and black. mark carpenter has the details on his record contract.. and also warriors highlights from orlando. (pam) coming up next at 6:30.. we take you to sebastopol where business owners are assessing the damage from several feet of water.. and trying to figure out their next step forward.. (pam) kron 4 is making a major change in the way we bring you the news. we have launched the bay area's only commercial - free 24-hour streaming news servicebringing you live breaking news, exclusive interviews and stories. if you watch our current newscasts on the new app - you'll get extra content during the commercial breaks.
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(ken) continuing coverage of our top story night... major flooding continues in the north bay-- but there is some relief in sight. this is video from river road in guerneville-- you can see the water is almost up to the roofs of businesses. today-- governor gavin newsom declared a state of emergency
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due to the russian river flooding. (pam) the flood waters in sonoma county have started to recede. but the river is not expected to drop below flood stage ... until early tomorrow morning. meantime... people who did not evacuate have been stuck -- and the only way out of guerneville has been by boat. (ken) meanwhile today in sebastapol... people spent the day sweeping out floodwater from businesses. this is in a location called the barlow. a former warehouse district turned upscale eating and drinking venue near downtown. (pam) as you can see... there is a lot of water covering the neighborhood. business owners say... about 4- feet of water inundated the buildings there. now they have to wait to see what can be salvaged... at the same time, thousands of people have been forced from their homes as well. (ken) kron 4's justine waldman is live at an evacuation center in sebastopol tonight ... that is at capaci

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