Northern California heavy rains causes massive flooding

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GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (CNN NEWSPATH) – Parts of Northern California are dealing with severe flooding.

A river north of San Francisco has flooded 2,000 homes, businesses and other buildings.

Sonoma County spokeswoman Briana Khan says the Russian River has submerged areas of Guerneville and neighboring Monte Rio.

The river has hit its highest level in about 25 years. Some areas have 8 feet of water.

Residents are using kayaks and boats to move around.

The river is expected to return to its banks sometime late Thursday.

The river water levels are high due to storms that also dumped rain and heavy snow in several states, including the western part of the country.

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