Friday, December 26, 2008

Raindrops on Roses

While our exciting snowfall is coming to an end, we will still be seeing moisture fall from the sky in our typical northwest fashion, rain! Earlier today in a press conference, Portland's Mayor Elect Sam Adams was hoisting a snow shovel and asking citizens to check on their local storm drains. If you've been following this blog, you'll already know why. Storm drain blockage can result in urban flooding as the water builds up quickly over streets and roadways.

As for streams and rivers here in Clark County, we'll be watching the Washougal, Salmon Creek and Lewis Rivers as they tend to be the first ones to exhibit any signs of flooding in our local area. The National River Forecast Center tracks a number of river levels and can be checked online at anytime.

So, as the snow melts and the face of the hazard changes to our familiar friend, consider what you can do to remain prepared:
  • Check the storm drains on your street for any blockages that could be easily removed
  • Keep a mindful eye on the weather, dressing properly in case you are stuck outside for longer than you anticipate.
  • If you encounter high water, DO NOT try to drive through it.

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