Residents in Okanogan County asked to monitor water levels around Okanogan river
As flooding continues
May 16, 2018
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(Okanogan County, WA) – As flooding continues to impact residents in Okanogan County in eastern Washington, emergency managers and incident commanders asked citizens throughout Okanogan County yesterday to “closely monitor water levels in and around the Okanogan River and adjacent water ways,” as water levels are expected to rise to near record levels by the end of the week according to a Trooper Jeff Sevigney of the Washington State Patrol.
“The Okanogan County Sheriff has closed the Okanogan River until further notice due to the dangers posed by swift moving water, debris and cold water temperature,” said a WSP statement issued Tuesday and area residents were advised to pay close attention to changing conditions as incident personnel work to protect critical infrastructure.
The main focus of efforts yesterday was in the cities of Okanogan, Riverside and Tonasket where crews placed thousands of sandbags to protect critical infrastructure.
Personnel from around the state continue to arrive in the area to assist with the response to the flooding that started last week. “Crews from Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Washington Conservation Corps (WCC), along with various local and state resources did excellent work to re-enforce the work done by volunteers and local jurisdictions,” said Sevigney.
While crews continue to work where they did Monday, additional crews will move into the City of Oroville to assist where they are needed. Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management (OCDEM), with the assistance of the US Army Corps of Engineers, continue working to identify areas that need additional assistance.
A public meeting was held last night at the Okanogan High School at 6:00 pm to brief area residents on the latest flood information. There were no evacuation orders in place at that time.
The Red Cross is available to assist effected residents as needed. Current road closure information can be found athttp://okanogandem.org/map.htm.
Citizens with questions can call the OCDEM at 509 422-7348. Additional information and updates can be found on Facebookat: https://www.facebook.com/Okanogan.County.Emergency.Management.
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