Okanogan County prepares for flooding along Okanogan River as snow melt continues

OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. - Emergency Management in Okanogan County is preparing for the Okanogan River to rise close to 20 feet by Saturday. Right now the Okanogan River near Tonasket is at 17.09 feet. Okanogan Emergency Management says it should reach 19.85 feet on the morning of the 12th. A level that has not been reached since the 1970s.

At the 19.85 foot level, citizens will see water in places they have not seen in quite some time. Conditions are being monitored and recorded.


The Army Corp of Engineers along with Okanogan Public Works, started emergency repairs to the Okanogan River dike Monday behind the OK Tire Factory on Elmway. According to Okanogan Emergency Management, damage to the dike was noticed last year and repairs were supposed to start in late 2018. However, because of the anticipated high water levels of the river, repairs were started early. Work is expected to continue through the week with crews removing vegetation and replacing it with large rock along the river's banks. The dike protects the town of Okanogan.

Additionally Conconully Lake is expected to start flowing over the spillway sometime on Tuesday May, 8th. Because of quicker than average snow melt the North and West Forks of Salmon Creek are sending more than 500 (cfs) cubic feet second of water into Conconully Lake. The City of Conconully reports that water flowing over the Broadway Street Brigdge will continue over the next two weeks as the North Fork rises and falls daily. This is a normal occurence.