Mason County Public Works has a travel advisory the Skokomish Valley Road relating to expected flooding of the Skokomish River in the next week.
The National Weather Service predicts moderate flooding of the Skokomish River this coming Saturday and Sunday (January 2nd and 3rd). The flooding is expected to trigger a closure of the Skokomish Valley Road sometime Saturday morning. The closure could remain in effect until Monday morning. Road conditions and closure will be monitored over the weekend.
A second flood event is expected Tuesday (January 5th) evening, which will likely trigger another road closure. This closure could remain in effect as long as Thursday morning.
Drivers are reminded that the 800/808 road is no longer an evacuation route. The route remains accessible to emergency responders.
Valley residents are advised to either shelter in place or voluntary evacuation until the flooding conditions cease and the road is reopened. Those planning to recreate in the Olympic National Forest should plan an alternate route as the Skokomish Valley Road could be closed.
Drivers are to exercise extreme caution and be alert to current river conditions. Conditions can change rapidly and travel should be limited during flood events.