Flooded Sebastopol Community Cultural Center

Courtesy Sebastopol Community Cultural Center

Sebastopol Cultural Center a Victim of Flooding

Authorities Find Extensive Damage

KCBS Radio Morning News
March 01, 2019 - 7:34 am

SEBASTOPOL (KCBS Radio) -- Officials are bracing for the possibility that the main gathering spot in this community of 8,000 people may be a long-term casualty of this week's atmospheric river storm and the subsequent flooding.

The 4,600 square foot Sebastopol Community Cultural Center hosts a broad variety of events and classes as well as City Council meetings. "It's our biggest room in town, it's where everyone gathers," said the facility's executive director, Cordelia Holst.

The building is owned by the City of Sebastopol and operated by a non-profit organization.

Inspecting the buidling on Friday, Holst noted "a lot of wrecked sheetrock, wood paneling that's got water damage," and more.

Volunteers rushed to the building on Tuesday when it became clear that the adjacent Laguna de Santa Rosa would rise and flood the building. They hurriedly carried furniture and computers to safety, and even worked to remove the facility's dance floor so it wouldn't be ruined by floodwaters.

Volunteers remove dance floor at Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
Photo courtesy Sebastopol Community Cultural Center

Community Cultural Center officials expected a visit from the Sebastopol building inspector on Friday.  They said they are ready for the possibility that the building will be condemned, at least temporarily, due to flood damage. At the very least, an extensive cleanup is ahead and funding is uncertain.