1 found dead in car submerged in floodwater in Sonoma County

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After two days of searching, Sonoma County rescue personnel found one person dead inside a car submerged in floodwaters in Forestville. 

On Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol reported a car stuck in floodwaters on the 6000 block of Trenton-Healdsburg road. The caller confirmed there was water in the car before getting disconnected. 

The dispatchers sent out the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Marine Unit, Henry 1 helicopter, CHP helicopter, several deputies, and Sonoma County Fire District Swift Water Rescue personnel to search for the car and driver.

Unfortunately, rescuers could not locate the car or the driver by sunset on Tuesday. 

According to officials, the search continued on Wednesday by 6 a.m. Around 7:46 a.m., they found the car submerged in 8 to 10 feet of flood water about 100 yards from the road. 

A Marine Unit deputy dove to check if the car was occupied and found the body of Daphne Fontino, 43, of Ukiah, deceased inside. 

As of Tuesday, 17 people were reported to have from storm-related causes in California. 


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.

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