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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Thurston County Emergency Management PIOs 360- 704-2758

Flooding Possible as Temperatures Rise and Snow Melts

Warmer temperatures are expected to move in to the Puget Sound region over the next few days, diminishing the hazards from snow and frozen roadways. However, the thawing brings with it the chance of scattered flooding in low lying areas and the potential for river flooding by next week.

National Weather Service officials say all areas could see excessive surface runoff with ponding of water around clogged drains or culverts. Some streams may go over their banks particularly in the areas of deep lowland snow and heavier rain like the southwest interior. Motorists are reminded NOT to driver through standing water.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for rivers in western Washington counties including Thurston County. A series of warm fronts will bring increasing rain to the region through next week. The watch includes the Chehalis River near Grand Mound in Thurston County. A flood watch means that flooding is possible but not imminent or certain. People along rivers in the flood watch area should prepare for flooding and be ready to act quickly if the National Weather Service issues a flood warning.

River residents are reminded that conditions can change rapidly and they are urged to keep an eye on their rivers and to listen to local media for updates.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3