News brief: Sandbag distribution cancelled as rainfall slows

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 9:29 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Sandbag distribution in Centralia is cancelled as the revised forecast indicates the Chehalis River isn’t expected to reach flood stage tonight after all.

The flood warning continues on the Newaukum River in Chehalis however through tomorrow afternoon, with moderate flooding still predicted.

The heaviest precipitation shifted north overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

An advisory for urban and small stream flooding was issued overnight for parts of Western Washington, including Thurston County, western Lewis County and southeastern Grays Harbor County, according to the weather service. Another one to one and a half inches of rain is expected this morning, the weather service says.

A flood watch remains in effect through late tonight for flood-prone rivers in that area.

Emergency management officials in Centralia and in Lewis County continue to monitor weather conditions and river levels.

The flood warnings on the Chehalis River at Doty, Centralia and Grand Mound have been cancelled.

Some surface streets are still covered with water, so motorists are encouraged to use caution, a spokesperson for the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center advised this morning.

County residents are asked to report plugged culverts or roadway erosion by calling Lewis County Public Works at 360-740-1123.
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