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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Sandy Eccker, Emergency Management Manager, 360-867-2824, Or ecckers@co.thurston.wa.us

Flood Warnings Issued for South Sound Rivers
Deschutes, Skookumchuck and Chehalis Rivers impacted

OLYMPIA - The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flood warnings for portions of western Washington, including Thurston County. Current forecasts predict that the Deschutes River, Skookumchuck River and the Chehalis River will exceed flood stage.

The Deschutes River at the Rainier gage reached flood stage (10.9 feet) at about noon today. NWS is predicting that it will crest at about 12.3 feet at about 10 p.m. tonight. This minor level of flooding will flood 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.

NWS is predicting that the Skookumchuck River at the Bucoda gage will reach flood stage (13.5 feet) at about 7 p.m. tonight, crest at about 16.6 feet around 10 a.m. tomorrow and fall below flood stage Friday night. This moderate level of flooding is likely to flood several residential and business areas around Bucoda and cover many roads.

The Chehalis River at the Grand Mound gage is predicted to reach flood stage (14 feet) at about 2 a.m. Friday and crest around 16.9 feet around 10 p.m. Friday. This level of flooding, just below major flooding, is likely to cause several roads in the Independence Valley area to flood, including James Road, Independence Road, Moon Road and Anderson Road. Drivers are reminded to use caution and not to drive on flooded roads. Some residential structures may be threatened.

For more information on flood preparedness and safety, please visit Emergency Management Flood Information.

River conditions can change rapidly so residents should stay tuned to the National Weather Service website, NOAA weather radio, the Thurston County Emergency Management website and local news for updates.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3