National Weather Service issues flood watch for Columbia River

Rising waters affects areas of Vancouver and Multnomah counties

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FLOOD WATCH

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR

346 PM PDT MON MAY 23 2011

...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WATCH

FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN OREGON AND WASHINGTON...

COLUMBIA RIVER AT VANCOUVER AFFECTING MULTNOMAH AND CLARK COUNTIES

.THE RIVER LEVEL IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER SYSTEM WILL RISE SLOWLY OVER

THE NEXT FEW DAYS AS INCREASED SNOWMELT WATER FROM EAST OF THE CASCADES

REACHES THE LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER SYSTEM. WET WEATHER ANTICIPATED MIDWEEK

MAY RESULT IN ADDITIONAL RIVER RISES LATE IN THE WEEK.

RIVER FORECASTS ARE BASED ON OBSERVED AND FORECAST RAINFALL AND

TEMPERATURES...AND INCLUDE CURRENT AND PLANNED RESERVOIR RELEASES.

FOR THE LATEST RIVER STAGES AND FORECASTS...VISIT OUR WEB PAGE AT

WEATHER.GOV/PORTLAND (LOWER CASE).

THE NEXT UPDATE FOR THESE LOCATIONS WILL BE ISSUED BY 3 PM TUESDAY.

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346 PM PDT MON MAY 23 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A

  • FLOOD WATCH FOR

THE COLUMBIA R AT VANCOUVER.

  • FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

  • AT 3 PM MONDAY THE STAGE WAS 15.7 FEET.

  • FLOOD STAGE IS 16.0 FEET.

  • MINOR FLOODING IS POSSIBLE.

  • THE COLUMBIA RIVER IS FORECAST TO RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE EARLY TUESDAY

AFTERNOON. THE COLUMBIA WILL REMAIN NEAR OR ABOVE FLOOD STAGE TUESDAY

AND THEN RISE SLOWLY THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK.

  • ABOVE 16 FEET...EXPECT MINOR FLOODING OF SOME LOWLAND ACCESS ROADS NEAR

THE RIVER ON SAUVIE ISLAND...AND ON THE WALKWAY NEAR DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER.

THERE WILL BE SIGNIFICANT FLOODING ALONG THE BANKS OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER

THAT ARE COMMONLY USED FOR CAMPING SUCH AS ON GOVERMENT ISLAND.

  • RIVERS CURRENTS WILL BE PARTICULARLY STRONG AND THE WATER TEMPERATURES

ARE VERY COLD. IT IS DANGEROUS TO TRY TO SWIM IN THESE WATERS.