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Wahkiakum County advises some to evacuate as flood threat rises

Wahkiakum County advises some to evacuate as flood threat rises

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The Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging people who live in areas prone to flooding to evacuate as winter storm bringing heavy rainfall is expected to hit the county Wednesday.

Rivers expected to flood are the Elochoman, Grays River, Deep River, Naselle rivers and Skamakowa Creek.

Emergency flood routes are all impassable due to down trees and snowfall from the recent storms, according to county officials. The routes are logging roads that were not a priority to keep maintained because they are rarely used.

Automated emergency notification calls were sent out to the entire county Tuesday morning, advising anyone who may need medical attention or other special needs to evacuate. The county cannot guarantee emergency crews will be able to respond to calls.

“We’re expecting it to be very bad,” said Raedyn Grasseth, public information officer for the Wahkiakum County sheriff’s office. “We’re expecting water levels to be so high (some residents) will not be able to evacuate after (Tuesday night) or (Wednesday) morning.”

For more on this story, check tdn.com for updates and see Wednesday’s edition of The Daily News.

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