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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cowlitz County Weather Update

Flood watch is cancelled for NW Oregon and SW Washington at 4:01 PM on January 16th:

Rainfall rates are diminishing this afternoon as the frontal system responsible for the heavy rains slowly tracks to the southwest. Therefore the flood watch for NW Oregon and SW Washington has been cancelled. A number of rivers remain, or are forecast, to go above flood stage (including the Cowlitz – see below). Please see the latest flood warning statements for specific information on these rivers.


Flood warning issued for Cowlitz River at 12:05 PM on January 16th still in effect:

* Flood warning for the Cowlitz River at Kelso from this evening to late Monday night or until the warning is cancelled.

* At 12 PM Sunday the river stage was at 20.4 feet.

* Flood state is 21.5 feet.

* Minor flooding is forecast.

* Forecast: This river is forecast to rise above flood stage around 7 PM Sunday and is expected to crest near 22.0 feet Monday morning.

* Impact: Above 21.5 feet flood of several low lying and secondary roads beings including the Cowlitz Gardens neighborhood along with flood of pasture and lowlands upstream of Kelso.

For additional weather and river information visit the NWS website at: WWW.WEATHER.GOV/PORTLAND

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