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Here are this morning’s significant stories relating to conditions around Yelm:

“South Sound faces deluge
Meteorologist: ‘We’re looking at one of the most significant flood events of this century.'”
From The Olympian.

Two day rainfall totals ending 8:15am today:
Olympia 6.10 inches

From King-5 TV.

Lackamas School is closed today & all other Yelm Schools start late

Comments left by the public on KING-5 TV at 2:30am
“Bald Hills Road nearer to Clearwood than Yelm, is closed due to river flowing over road.
Maybe passable with suv’s.
I got through in my 4 runner, going very slow and watching the depth, about 12″ and fast flowing.
Also getting flooded, about 6″ on Bald Hills Rd near Fairpoint [telephone yard, across from Stieber Farms]
in Yelm. Reported at 2.30am Thursday morning.”

The Thurston County Emergency Command Center reports these other area road closures due to high water:
Neat Rd SE At Fennel Rd SE (the alternate route to get to Clearwood Area via Smith Prairie is closed)

Vail Rd SE At Bridge of Deschutes

Stream flow data for Washington streams.

Nisqually River flooding history at McKenna.

“The Thurston County Emergency Operations Center is working with local fire districts to make sand bags available for people who need them. To obtain sand bags, call the center at 360-754-3360 or go to www.co.thurston.wa.us/em,” quoting The olympian.

Official rainfall at Olympia Regional Airport:
January 6 = 1.32 inches nearing the 1.35 inches set in 2002
January 7 = 4.82 inches breaking the previous 2002 record of 1.95 inches

The single-day January rainfall record is 3.82 inches set in September, 1990.

Posted by Steve on January 8, 2009 at 8:20 am | Permalink

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