Thursday, January 19, 2012

After a Short Break . . . Another Round of Rain

It's been a busy soggy day in Clark County. Lots of high water everywhere, lots of flooded basements, and lots of calls to 911 and public works agencies asking for assistance with flooded roads. Fortunately, we haven't had any major damage or serious incidents in this round of wet weather. But there is another round coming.

The Weather Service tells us that the current rain will shift to the east and become lighter into the evening. It's stopped raining here at CRESA. It should come to a full stop in the region by 10 PM. But we will have another heavy rain system Friday afternoon through Saturday morning that could bring another inch or more to the inland valleys.

At this point, no Clark County rivers are expected to flood. However, we remain under a Flood Watch through tomorrow. Keep your eyes out for high water, small stream flooding, bank erosion, and landslides. If you come across high water and you can't get around it, just go another way. Driving through high water can be very dangerous.

Sandbags are available to the public from Clark County Public Works at 4700 NE 78th St., at the main entrance. You might also be able to access sandbags at your hardware store. Call ahead to make sure.

Useful Contacts
Clark County Public Works (360) 397-2446
Vancouver Public Works (360) 696-8177 / after hours (360) 693-9302
Clark Public Utilities - to report power outages (360) 992-8000

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