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UPDATE: Friday, May 18 – Flood mitigation efforts go into ‘Defense Mode’

OKANOGAN COUNTY – Flood mitigation efforts along the Okanogan River are moving into defense mode as crews finish shoring up protection efforts. Crews working with community volunteers have filled and laid approximately 200,000 sandbags along the river throughout Okanogan County to protect critical infrastructure and homes.

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Flash flood warning issued by National Weather Service for county today, May 17

OKANOGAN COUNTY – The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch due to severe thunderstorms that are predicted for later today.

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UPDATE: Meeting tonight at Oroville High School at 6:30 p.m. on flooding

OKANOGAN COUNTY – More than 200 responders from around the state are continuing efforts to solidify protection of critical infrastructure throughout Okanogan County against flooding that began last week and is expected to intensify through this weekend. We want all citizens to be prepared for rivers rising and take appropriate actions to protect lives and property as necessary.

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Sheriff orders closure of river to recreation activities

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office warns citizens of the extreme danger the Okanogan River poses due to the extremely high flow and ongoing flooding issues. By order of the Sheriff of Okanogan County – the Okanogan River is now closed to recreational activities. No boating, swimming or any other activity is allowed on the river until further notice.

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Governor declares flood ‘State of Emergency’ in Eastern Washington

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee late yesterday proclaimed a state of emergency for Eastern Washington counties responding to flood conditions.

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Special flood meeting to be held in Tonasket this evening

TONASKET – A special city council meeting will be held this evening, May 11, at 5 p.m. at Tonasket City Hall for an ordinance to be adopted declaring an emergency related to flood protection to hopefully bring in more resources. Tonasket citizens are working hard volunteering time, resources and equiptment to help those in need, [...]

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How deep is your love: community members pitch in to fill and deliver sandbags

TONASKET – Today’s rain isn’t squelching volunteers’ efforts to pitch in and fill sandbags for anyone in need with record flooding expected by the weekend.

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Lake Osoyoos Association issues second flood alert

OROVILLE – “The water is higher and rising more…” The lake at 915.12. How much higher will it go? Oh, to be able to tell the future… I think we can expect it to go to 916ft at least, possibly 916.50 or to 917 ft. But that is just a guess, really.

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Lake Level Alert: ‘The water is high and rising’

OROVILLE – The Lake Osoyoos Association (LOA) has issued an alert about lake levels rising, as well as flooding in the Okanogan and Similkameen rivers.

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PUD begins Phase 1 of re-electrifying Enloe Dam against opposition from the public

TONASKET – Okanogan County PUD Commissioners Jerry Asmussen, Scott Vejraska and Bill Colyer met with community members last week for a “listening session” after signing a contract to begin Phase 1 of the Enloe Hydroelectric Project (Project).

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