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Flooding possible through Saturday in Thurston, neighboring counties

During a recent rain shower, a pedestrian trots across Capitol Way near 14th St. Heavier than usual rains have prompted the National Weather Service in Seattle to issue a flood watch for Thurston, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. Officials also issued a warning about potential landslides throughout Western Washington.
During a recent rain shower, a pedestrian trots across Capitol Way near 14th St. Heavier than usual rains have prompted the National Weather Service in Seattle to issue a flood watch for Thurston, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. Officials also issued a warning about potential landslides throughout Western Washington. sbloom@theolympian.com

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Skookumchuck and Chehalis rivers Friday afternoon.

A flood warning went into effect about 1:30 p.m. Friday for the Skookumchuck River near Bucoda. The river was expected to continue to rise and crest near 14.8 feet around 4 p.m. Friday. That’s about a foot above “minor flood” stage.

Meanwhile, portions of the Chehalis River were expected to reach flood stage at 14 feet at 5 p.m. Friday at Grand Mound and crest at 14.7 feet about 10 a.m. Saturday, officials say.

“At this time, it appears that any flooding that occurs will be minor,” the alert stated.

In a separate announcement Friday morning, the National Weather Service also warned that recent heavy rainfall has led to an increased threat of landslides throughout Western Washington.

Between three-quarters of an inch and 2 inches of rain fell within a 24-hour period on Wednesday and Thursday.

“The heavy rainfall adds to already saturated soil from rainfall over the past several weeks,” the alert stated. “The recent rainfall has put on extra pressure on soil instability… leading to an increased threat of landslides.”

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433, @Lisa_Pemberton

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