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(360) 875-9340 Office ~ (360) 875-9341 EOC ~ (360) 875-9342 Fax

Monday, January 24, 2011

Naselle River Gauge Buried

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Stephanie Fritts, Director
Pacific County Emergency Management Agency
(360) 875-9340 or sfritts@co.pacific.wa.us

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has been informed that the Naselle River measurement gauge is currently buried in silt and while transmitting data, readings cannot be relied upon to be accurate. The gauge has indicated extremely high readings on several recent occasions when observations indicate that river levels are in actuality, going down.

The National Weather Service, Portland Office has been in contact with the U.S. Geological Survey, the agency that installed and maintains the gauge, and the USGS has indicated that repairs will be made the week of January 23, 2011. In addition, the USGS has indicated that the gauge is scheduled to be replaced mid-2011. When replaced, the gauge will also be moved to a new location.

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency encourages all residents to be aware of rising river levels and prepared for potential flooding. The Naselle River level can be monitored (upon repair of the gauge) online at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?12010000. Flood preparedness tips are available on the PCEMA webpage at http://www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Flood Warning Issued for the Willapa River

South Bend, WA:  The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a flood warning for the Willapa River from Sunday morning to Monday morning, or until the warning is cancelled. 

At 10 p.m. Saturday the Willapa River was 10.6' and flowing at 330 cfs.  Flood stage is 21.0' and flood flow is 9300 cfs.  At this time the National Weather Service is predicting that the river will rise above flood stage around 10 a.m. Sunday and is expected to crest at 24.5' around 10 p.m. Sunday.

Historically, this will result in numerous local road closures and flooding in the Forks Creek Hatchery area.  Caution is advised when driving, and residents are advised to expect closures of portions of State Route 6 and possibly State Route 101. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Flood Watch in Effect through the Weekend

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood watch in effect from Saturday night through Monday afternoon for portions of Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. A sustained period of heavy rain is expected to develop Saturday night and continue through most of Sunday. Storm total rainfall amounts of four to six inches are expected along the coast and in the coastal mountains.

While the Willapa and Naselle Rivers are not currently included in the rivers of most concern, the PCEMA office wants residents to be aware that the potential for flooding does exist.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. 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.

For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

High Wind Warning in Effect

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning in effect until 1:00 p.m. this afternoon near beaches and headlands along the south Washington and north and central Oregon coasts.

South winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph are expected along beaches and headlands. Coastal communities will see gusts to between 40 and 50 mph.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

High Wind Warning Issued

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland issued a high wind warning in effect from 10:00 p.m. this evening to 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning near beaches and headlands along the south Washington and north and central Oregon coasts.

South winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph are expected near beaches and headlands. Winds will increase after 10:00 p.m. this evening and will continue until around sunrise Wednesday morning.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.