Water has receded from one south Thurston County road this afternoon, but changing conditions have now added a section of Old Highway 99 SW to the county's closure list for water over the roadway.
At 4 p.m. today, the county's Public Works Department reported the following road information:
- CLOSED: Mima/Gate Road SW between Hunter Road SW and 152nd Avenue SW
- CLOSED: Tilley Road SW between 143rd Avenue SW and Goddard Road SW
- CLOSED: Old Highway 99 SW between Old Highway 9 SW and Prather Road SW
- OPEN: Littlerock Road SW between Sargent Road SW and 133rd Avenue SW
More rain and some river flooding is forecast for the area through Tuesday, January 6, so drivers are reminded to use caution and not to drive on any flooded roads, even if there are no "Road Closed" signs posted.
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.
Reminding motorists that drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths, county officials recommend the following driver safety rules:
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- Don't drive on flooded roads. As little as 18 inches of water can float a small car.
- Don't drive around road barriers. The road or bridge may be washed out.
- If your vehicle stalls in high water, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.
- Don't walk through flowing water. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
- Tell a friend or relative when you leave home and where you're going.
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