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

Deschutes River Flood Warning Issued

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flood Warning for the Deschutes River. The flood warning is in effect from Monday evening until Tuesday afternoon, November 20. Current projections indicate the Deschutes River at the Rainier gage off Vail Loop Road SE is reaching flood stage (11 feet) at about 7 p.m. tonight, and will crest around 11.9 feet by 10 p.m. tonight, with minor flooding forecast in the area. The river should fall below flood stage early Tuesday morning at the Rainier gage. At its predicted height, the river is expected to flood some local roads and parts of Tumwater Valley.

The Chehalis River is also predicted to flood on Tuesday and Wednesday. At the Grand Mound gage the river is expected to 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.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3