Baby born amid flooding, named Noah

The first floor of Serena Chaput’s house in Guerneville, California, was filling up with floodwater when she awoke with labor pains at 2 am on January 1, 1997 — right in the middle of Northern California’s New Year’s Flood of 1997.

She and her husband Jason endured “a tortuous journey involving several boats, two ambulances, and a semi-high speed chase” to get to the hospital.

They made it, and their baby boy was born at 5:40 am. He was named Noah.

(And here are two more flood-babies named Noah, one born in 1934, the other in 2007.)


  • Kleinberg, Jody. “Newborn of Floods Aptly Named Noah.” Press Democrat 2 Jan. 1997.
  • Kleinberg, Jody. “Baby’s Birth Still Memorable Part of New Year’s Flood.” Press Democrat 2 Jan. 1998.

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