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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Beware of Flooding Issues as Snow Melts

Cowlitz County is currently included in a Flood Watch per the National Weather Service, although there are no specific rivers of concern listed within our County. Per NWS:

*Heavy rain and snowmelt is causing sharp rises on several rivers and additional 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected in the Coast Range and in the Cascades below 3,000 feet.

* Minor flooding is possible on faster responding rivers as early as this afternoon, with slower responding rivers cresting Thursday and Friday. Street flooding and ponding is also a possibility with the slushy snow and heavy rain.

With very little precise information, we suggest keeping an eye on the rivers and streams that are near you, following weather forecasts closely and be prepared for a wet transition from our recent snow event. Websites of interest:

National Weather Service:
River Forecast Center:

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