The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for the Skokomish River and forecasters changed their prediction of severity from “Minor” to “Moderate”.
Heavy rain continues to impact the southwest Olympic mountains affecting the Skokomish River. The river continues to rise sharply with moderate flooding now expected. The Flood Warning is effective until late Saturday night.
The River is forecast to crest near 17.8 feet around 10 AM Friday. The river will fall below the 16.5-foot flood stage Saturday afternoon.
At 17.5 feet, the Skokomish River will cause moderate flooding, with deep and quick flood waters inundating some residential areas, many roads, and much of the farm land in the Skokomish Valley. Inundated roads include the Skokomish Valley Road, Bourgault Road West, Purdy Cutoff Road, and Highway 106.
At last report, Skokomish Valley Road (from U.S. Highway 101 through the dips) and Bourgault Road West are closed due to flooding.
In the last 24 hours, the Shelton area received nearly four inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.
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