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Friday, December 10, 2010

Flood Watch - Cowlitz River

... Flood Watch in effect from Saturday afternoon through Monday morning for northwest Oregon and southwest Washington...

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a

* Flood Watch for inland valleys of southwest Washington and the South Washington Cascades and foothills.
* From Saturday afternoon through Monday morning
* heavy rain Saturday will drive river levels up sharply starting Saturday afternoon and into Sunday.
* Several rivers may reach flood stage as early as Saturday afternoon... with the flood threat continuing into Monday. Southwest Washington river of most concern in Cowlitz County is the Cowlitz river.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

Landslides and debris flows are possible during this flood event. People... structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk from rapidly moving landslides.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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