A two-day winter storm rendered two Northern California communities reachable only by boat.

The rain-swollen Russian River reached nearly 46 feet (14 meters) Wednesday night, its highest level in more than 20 years. About 2,000 homes, businesses and other structures were flooded by water up to 8 feet (2.4 meters) deep.

In downtown Guerneville, part of Sonoma County’s famed wine country and a popular tourist destination, some residents paddled kayaks, canoes and rowboats along watery streets.

A woman with a dog maneuvers a kayak on a flooded street in Guerneville, north of San Francisco on Wednesday, Feb. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP, File)
A woman with a dog maneuvers a kayak on a flooded street in Guerneville, north of San Francisco on Wednesday, Feb. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP, File)

In Monte Rio, the first story of a hotel was almost completely under water. Drone video showed only the tops of white-trimmed doors above a swirling river of brown water.

Residents awoke Thursday to sunshine and began assessing the damage while the water receded slowly.

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Jonathan Von Renner checks on his son Jonathan Jr., and friend Emilio Ontivares in Guerneville, Calif. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
Jonathan Von Renner checks on his son Jonathan Jr., and friend Emilio Ontivares in Guerneville, Calif. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
River Road, center, is flooded by the Russian River, right, in Guerneville, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson, File)
River Road, center, is flooded by the Russian River, right, in Guerneville, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson, File)
Residents head back to their home after the road became impassable to most vehicles, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Guerneville, Calif. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP, File)
Residents head back to their home after the road became impassable to most vehicles, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Guerneville, Calif. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP, File)
Flood waters from the Russian River partially submerge properties in Guerneville, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson, File)
Flood waters from the Russian River partially submerge properties in Guerneville, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson, File)
Flood waters from the Russian River partially submerge properties in Guerneville, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson, File)
Flood waters from the Russian River partially submerge properties in Guerneville, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson, File)
Thomas McCarthy, 10, looks from his canoe passing an RV submerged in the flood waters of the Russian River in Forestville, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Short)
Thomas McCarthy, 10, looks from his canoe passing an RV submerged in the flood waters of the Russian River in Forestville, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Short)
A man uses a paddle board to make his way through the flooded Barlow Market District on Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
A man uses a paddle board to make his way through the flooded Barlow Market District on Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
Flood waters from the Russian River partially submerge properties in Guerneville, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)
Flood waters from the Russian River partially submerge properties in Guerneville, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)
Cheryl Hughes looks out of her window of her home that is surrounded by flood waters of the Russian River in Forestville, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Short, File)
Cheryl Hughes looks out of her window of her home that is surrounded by flood waters of the Russian River in Forestville, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Short, File)
Scott Heemstra takes Veronica Burdette out of the flood zone as floodwaters rise along Mill Street in Guerneville, Calif. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
Scott Heemstra takes Veronica Burdette out of the flood zone as floodwaters rise along Mill Street in Guerneville, Calif. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
Flood waters from the Russian River partially submerge a vineyard near Guerneville, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson, File)
Flood waters from the Russian River partially submerge a vineyard near Guerneville, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson, File)

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