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NWS issues Flood Warning for the Nisqually River at McKenna!

Emergency proclamation issued, flood warnings in effect as rivers rise
Hwy 507 bridge, McKenna
this morning at daybeak.
Credit: Steve Bloom, The Olympian

“River Flood Warning for Thurston County, Washington”

  • From the National Weather Service (NWS):
  • Editor’s note: There have been several releases of water at the Alder Dam and will be more affecting the potential of more Nisqually River flooding.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a * Flood Warning for The Nisqually River At McKenna * from this morning to Saturday afternoon. * At 3:45 AM Thursday the stage was 9.7 feet. * Flood stage is 10.0 feet. * Minor flooding is forecast. *

Forecast…The river will rise above flood stage around 8 AM Thursday and crest near 10.4 feet around 10 PM Friday. The river will fall below flood stage early Saturday morning. *

Impact…At 10.0 feet, the Nisqually River will flood at the lower end near the mouth. High tide levels on Puget Sound may increase the amount of flooding. The Nisqually River will also spill over its banks between La Grande and McKenna. Read more

“Special Weather Statement for Southwest Interior, Washington”


Multiple periods of rainfall since the first of January have increased soil moisture to high levels across Western Washington. Rainfall amounts have been generally in the 1 to 3 inch range over the last 24 hours with locally higher amounts of 3 to 5 inches for portions of the Cascades. An additional 0.5 to 1.5 inches of rainfall is expected through Friday with locally higher amounts possible in the mountains. Read more

“Inslee issues emergency proclamation for 19 counties due to flooding and winter weather”

“Gov. Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation today [Feb. 5] for 19 Washington counties [including Thurston] due to significant winter weather that is forecast to continue through this weekend,” by Governor Inslee’s Communications Office. Read more

Posted by Steve on February 6, 2020 at 8:33 am | Permalink

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