East Columbia River Gorge

 Areal Flood Watch  Statement as of 2:45 am PST on December 20, 2014

... Flood Watch remains in effect from this afternoon through
Monday afternoon...

The Flood Watch continues for

* portions of Oregon and Washington... including the following
areas... in Oregon... central Oregon... East Columbia river gorge
of Oregon... east slopes of the Oregon Cascades and north central
Oregon. In Washington... east slopes of the Washington Cascades
and Simcoe Highlands... eastern Columbia River gorge of
Washington... Kittitas Valley and the Yakima Valley.

* From this afternoon through Monday afternoon

* moderate to heavy rainfall along the east slopes of the Cascades
will lead to rising rivers as well as the small creeks and
streams. Snow levels will start off around 2500-3000 feet... but
will quickly rise to over 6000 feet by Sunday afternoon.

* Small creeks and streams will start to rise today with the
larger rivers seeing substantial rises tonight and Sunday. Minor
flooding will be possible Sunday evening into Monday evening for
the Deschutes river near Moody... and the Naches River near
Naches. Several other rivers are expected to crest at action
stage... but are not forecast to reach flood stage. However... the
small creeks and streams could see minor flooding... especially
Sunday as moderate rain and snow melt are expected to occur.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor the latest forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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