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Commissioners Declare State of Emergency

Jun 07, 2011

On Monday, the Okanogan County Commissioners declared a state of emergency for the county due to current flooding, and the potential for major flooding.

In their resolution, the Commissioners sited flood damage to the Sinlahekin Road, which remains closed, and mudslides in the Methow Valley and Conconully areas.

The National Weather Service is predicting that both the Okanogan and Methow rivers will continue to rise over the next week, as warmer temperatures begin rapidly melting the unusually deep snow pack.

The Okanogan River, which is currently at 16.43 feet, about one and a half feet above flood stage, is predicted to rise to nearly 18 feet. At 17 feet moderate flooding will occur, at 18 feet, the Weather Service says major flooding will occur.

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