South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a flood warning for the following rivers in Pacific County:
· Willapa River: flood warning is in effect until Tuesday morning. The river is forecast to rise above flood stage around 3:00 p.m. Monday and is expected to crest at 22 feet around 10:00 p.m. Monday. Expect widespread flooding. Historically, numerous roads are flooded with deep and swiftly moving water including Heckard Road and U.S. Highway 101. The magnitude of flooding on U.S. Highway 101 will depend on the tide. This evening’s high tide will be around 5:00 p.m.
· Naselle River: flood warning is in effect until Tuesday morning. The river is forecast to rise above flood stage around 1:00 p.m. Monday and is expected to crest at 16.6 feet around 5:00 p.m. Monday. Expect minor flooding causing mainly pasture land flooding at this point. Some roads may have water over them in spots.
Please visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/portland for the latest river stages and forecasts.
Don’t drive into flooded areas. Avoid walking near riverbanks during high water.