ADVISORY: Flood Watch In Effect Through Sunday

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Sure, there aren’t any major rivers running through the Burien area, but we do have some significant creeks (ie: Miller & Walker Creeks), so everyone should make sure to clear any storm drains near your home, and if you’re near any of the above-mentioned creeks, please check on them and make sure they’re flowing well.

Here’s the official Flood Watch warning:

… Flood Watch remains in effect through Sunday morning…

* a Pacific storm will bring warmer air and raise the snow level significantly. The combination of increasing southerly winds… milder temperatures… and rain on snow will result in rapid snow melt across The Lowlands tonight and Saturday. There is also the potential for minor flooding of the Skokomish River Saturday as the snow level climbs to near 5000 feet on the olympic range.

* The combination of rain and melting snow across The Lowlands could result in urban and small stream flooding… especially in those areas where a foot or more of snow was still on the ground. Snow and ice may result in clogging of storm drains that could result in flooding of streets and… possibly…homes and businesses.

* The Chehalis river and its tributaries could also approach or exceed flood stage. Up to two feet of snow covers the Chehalis watershed and it will all likely melt by Sunday. That water… along with the rain… will cause the rivers of southwest Washington to rise significantly.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Flood Watch means conditions are favorable for flooding but flooding is not imminent or occurring. Monitor the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service and be ready to act quickly if flooding is observed or a warning is issued.

And remember – if you have any interesting weather-related photos to share, please either email us or add ‘em to our Flickr Group so we can share them!

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