Rescue crews found a woman’s body inside a vehicle that had become submerged in floodwater in Forestville, California, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday, January 11.
The victim, identified by the coroner’s office as 43-year-old Daphne Fontino of Ukiah, was found shortly after 7:45 am, the sheriff’s office said.
Authorities said they received a report on Tuesday from California Highway Patrol (CHP) that a car had become stuck in floodwater on Trenton-Healdsburg Road. “The caller reported there was water in the car, then the line disconnected,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “Dispatch immediately tried to call back several times with no response.”
The sheriff’s office joined CHP and Sonoma County Fire District Swift Water Rescue personnel in a search of the area. The search was halted at sunset and resumed at around 6 am on Wednesday. They found the victim’s vehicle approximately 100 yards off the road, submerged in around 8 to ten feet of water, the sheriff’s office said.
The severe flooding occurred as portions of Northern California were swamped with rain that amounted to over half their annual normal precipitation from December 26 through January 11, the National Weather Service said Credit: Sonoma Sheriff via Storyful