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NWS issues flood watch for Vancouver and surrounding areas

first_imgThe National Weather Service in Portland has issued a flood watch that includes the greater Vancouver area due to periods of heavy rain. Areas at risk of flooding include portions of Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington — the Portland metro area, the South Washington Coast, the Interstate 5 corridor in Cowlitz County and the South Washington Cascade foothills, as well as Vancouver.The flood watch remains in effect until 10 p.m. Friday, the weather service said.“Periods of heavy rain (Thursday) afternoon through Friday afternoon will result in sharp rises on many rivers and creeks” in the affected area, forecasters said.Rainfall for coastal areas could reach up to 8 inches while the inland valleys will likely see 1 to 3 inches. And melting snow and ice at low- and mid-elevations will also add to the wet conditions, the weather service said.Rivers currently forecast to reach or approach flood stage include Johnson Creek in the Multnomah and Clackamas Counties, the Clackamas River in Clackamas County, the Grays River in Wahkiakum County, and the Nehalem River in Tillamook County.last_img read more