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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 19, 2012
Contact:
Kathy Estes, Emergency Manager, (360) 867-2800

Chehalis River Flood Warning Issued


The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flood Warning for the Chehalis River. The Flood Warning is in effect from Tuesday morning November 20 through late Wednesday night November 21. A recorded message was sent to subscribers from the Thurston County Emergency Management Telephone Alert System with information about the Flood Warning.

Current projections predict that the Chehalis River at the Grand Mound gage will reach flood stage (14 feet) at about 7 a.m. on Tuesday, and crest at around 16.5 feet by 4 a.m. Wednesday, with moderate flooding in the area forecast. It is likely that several roads in the Independence Valley area will be flooded, including State Route 12, James Road, Independence Road, Moon Road and Anderson Road. Drivers are reminded to never drive on flooded roads or roads that are closed because it only takes 18 inches of water to float a small car.

A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent. People along rivers in the flood warning area should prepare for flooding and be ready to act quickly and evacuate if necessary.

Thurston County emergency management officials are also keeping a close eye on the Deschutes River. The Deschutes River is predicted to crest just below flood stage late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Water levels and the weather forecast can change rapidly on the Deschutes, so flooding may become more significant than currently forecast. Stay tuned to the National Weather Service website, NOAA weather radio, the Thurston County Emergency Management website and local news for updates.

There are reports of scattered power outages and flooded areas and roads throughout Thurston County, and road and utility crews are responding. Thurston County Emergency Management staffers are closely monitoring the weather conditions and are ready to activate the Emergency Coordination Center if conditions worsen.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3