Flood teams mobilize for Okanogan and Colville river basins
The Emergency Operations Center at the Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has been activated for the Okanogan and Colville river basins in Washington, and Clark Fork River basin in Montana.
The USACE is helping to assist Okanogan County with implementing emergency protective measures to reduce the risk of soil erosion around the Elmway levee on the Okanogan River near the town of Okanogan. The work begins Monday and will end around May 14.
The Okanogan River at Tonasket is forecast to go into major flood stage later this week. Based on the current forecast, this would be the worst flooding seen there in 30 years, and the 3rd highest river crest on record #wawx pic.twitter.com/1DJ0ORc4yS
— NWS Spokane (@NWSSpokane) May 7, 2018
USACE is also helping to assist the City of Plains and Sanders County, Montana, with implementing emergency protective measures to reduce the risk of soil erosion on the 1948 levee at Plains. The work began Sunday, and will end around May 14.
The Seattle District has provided 20,000 sandbags to Okanogan County, 5,000 to Tonasket, and 25,000 sandbags to Missoula. Missoula County has requested an additional 75,000 sandbags that will be provided this week.
Okanogan County Emergency Management will be holding a public meeting to discuss the flooding issue on Thursday, May 10, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m in the Commissioners Hearing Room, located at 123 N. 5th Ave. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you can call into the conference line at 605-468-8035, and use access code 7206#.
Private citizens seeking sandbags are asked to contact their local government offices.
You can find information on flood watches and warnings here.
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