Update: Flood watches, warnings in effect for local streams, rivers

Staff writerJanuary 16, 2011 

Thurston County has just issued the following news release regarding flooding of local rivers:

Deschutes: The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting that the Deschutes River will crest at about 10.3 feet (flood stage is 11 feet) around 10 p.m. Sunday. Historically, this level has resulted in minor flooding with little or no structural flooding. However, continued local rainfall could result in a rapid increase in flooding. Citizens living in flood prone areas close to the river should be prepared to evacuate on short notice. County officials will continue to monitor the river and issue advisories as necessary.

Skookumchuck: NWS has issued a flood warning for the Skookumchuck. This river is predicted to reach flood stage at Bucoda around dusk this evening and crest at 14.9 feet (1.4 feet above flood stage ) about 4 a.m. Monday. Historically, this level has resulted in minor to moderate flooding in low lying areas near Bucoda. The river is predicted to fall below flood stage by p.m. Monday.

Chehalis: The Chehalis River is expected to reach flood stage (14 feet) at Grand Mound near dawn, Monday, and crest at about 15.5 feet by 10 p.m. Monday. Historically, this level results in flooding of local roads and farmlands. Access to and from the Chehalis Reservation may be cut off. Some residential structures may be threatened. Residents in the Chehalis River area are urged to be prepared to evacuate on short notice. The river is predicted to fall below flood stage Tuesday morning.

Nisqually: The Nisqually is predicted to crest near McKenna at 9.02 feet (flood stage is 10 feet) around 4:00 a.m., Monday.

The following local roads are closed due to flooding, according to Thurston County.

* Moon Road at 183rd Avenue SW

* 188th Avenue at the Lucky Eagle Casino

* Lemon Road NE at 46th Avenue NE

* Anderson Road SW, north of SR 12

* La France Road at 128th SW

* River Road at 128th

Previous story: Heavy rains across the South Sound have prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings and watches for local streams and rivers.

The Deschutes River near Rainier will be under a Flood Warning from 11 p.m. Sunday until Monday afternoon. Minor flooding is forecast, according to the NWS.

By 1:45 a.m. this morning, the stage was six feet and flood stage is 11 feet.

In Mason County, the Skokomish River will also rise above flood stage, the NWS said.

According to the NWS:

The river will rise above flood stage around 11 p.m. Sunday and crest near 11.1 feet around 4 a.m. Monday. The river will fall below flood stage Monday morning.

Flooding is expected downstream in Tumwater Valley including the golf course. Minor flooding will also occur in several residential areas, mainly Cougar Mountain and Driftwood Valley. Many roads and farm lands will also be flooded.

The following rivers remain under a Flood Watch:

+ Snohomish River near Potlach, Mason County.

+ Nisqually River near National, Lewis and Pierce counties.

+ Deschutes River near Rainier, Thurston County.

+ Cowlitz River at Packwood, Lewis County.

+ Cowlitz River at Randle, Lewis County.

A Flood Warning also remains in effect until 2 p.m. Sunday for urban areas in small streams in Thurston, Lewis, Mason and eastern Grays Harbor counties.

Runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks, streams, highways and underpasses, according to the NWS. Country roads and farmlands could also flood.

Drivers are being told not to drive their vehicles into areas where water covers the roadway.

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