OKANOGAN - The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for most of eastern Washington, calling for heavy, widespread rain.
Due to inclement weather, several area schools are planning closures and delays for classes on Wednesday, Jan. 23. This list will be updated as information becomes available.
Falling snow means public works crews are poised to start plowing the white stuff off area roads. Various mid-valley jurisdictions have different policies about when and where they plow.
A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Okanogan County because to poor air quality in the region.
Marvin and Karin Schertenleib shook their heads in disbelief as they walked around what use to be their nearly 70-year-old barn – now a pile of twisted metal and snapped rough-cut beams.
By late Sunday or early Monday, the Okanogan River near Tonasket could crest at 20.63 feet, 1.87 feet shy of the record-holding 1972 flood that wreaked about $20 million of damage across the valley.
Okanogan Valley residents breathed a collective sigh of relief as Okanogan River water began receding Sunday, but they also began girding themselves for an even higher crest at the end of this week.
Road closures, flood warnings and a few evacuations came at the hand of region flooding this week, but a second peak – perhaps higher – still awaits, officials said Thursday.
Okanogan County Emergency Management will host a county flood season meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the commissioners’ hearing room of the Grainger Administration Building, 123 N. Fifth Ave.
Water levels in Osoyoos Lake are rising as the over-abundance of late- season snows begin to run off in Canada, causing flood warnings along the Okanogan and Similkameen rivers in the United States.
Highway 20 over Washington and Rainy passes in the North Cascades will close temporarily tonight at 6 p.m. because of a heavy snow forecast and avalanche danger.
Elbow Coulee Road was closed temporarily Jan. 23 by two snow slides that covered the road. The Twisp Police Department and Washington State Patrol responded initially, with Okanogan County Public Works called later, said county Emergency Manager Maurice Goodall.
Air quality conditions have not improved across much of central Washington, prompting the state Department of Ecology to extend and expand burn bans for five counties.
The state Department of Ecology announced Tuesday morning that a stage one burn ban is in effect for Okanogan, Ferry, Douglas and surrounding counties beginning at 4 p.m. today.
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