NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
LONG BEACH — The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a flood watch for a portion of Southwest Washington, including the South Washington Coast and Willapa Hills. All of Pacific County and most of Wahkiakum County are included in the flood watch, which lasts through Sunday morning.
“Heavy rain already occurring over the Willapa Hills will lead to sharp rises in area rivers today such as the Naselle River, the Willapa River, and the Grays River. The Grays River in Wahkiakum County has the best chance of reaching flood stage, and if it does, it will likely be later this morning through this afternoon into early this evening,” the National Weather Service said.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Residents should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
Landslides and debris flows are possible during this flood event. People, structures and roads located below steep slopes, in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk from rapidly moving landslides.