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Preparing for the worst

Preparing for the worst

After three days of heavy rain from spring storms, the Methow Valley is experiencing widespread and severe flooding. Mudslides are reported throughout the valley, blocking more than a dozen roads near steep drainages with mud, debris and water. The valley is …
Record high temperatures cause major runoff in NW

Record high temperatures cause major runoff in NW

April produced record high temperatures throughout the entire Pacific Northwest, causing much of the remaining snowpack to melt and run off, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Over 80 percent of all SNOTEL (snowpack measurement) sites with at least 15 years of data set new melt rate records for April …
WDFW begins drawdown for Chalfa Dam repair in upper Benson Creek watershed

WDFW begins drawdown for Chalfa Dam repair in upper Benson Creek watershed

With most of the snowpack gone in the upper Benson Creek watershed, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will start drawing down Chalfa Dam this week in preparation for rebuilding the spillway. The project engineer for WDFW said they would keep an eye on the flow in Benson Creek and its effect on...
High temperatures melt previous optimism about summer water supplies

High temperatures melt previous optimism about summer water supplies

The hefty mountain snowpack that blanketed mountains around the Methow Valley at the beginning of April has rapidly melted away during the warm weather of recent weeks. On April 1, the snowpack in the upper Columbia River basin, which…
Benson Creek residents get close-up look at fire and flood effects

Benson Creek residents get close-up look at fire and flood effects

With rain adding more moisture to ground already saturated from snowmelt, an engineer, habitat biologists and a conservation planner took interested Benson Creek residents to a dam high in the Benson Creek watershed to explain repairs that will be …
Warm weather turns streams loose, flooding roads and property

Warm weather turns streams loose, flooding roads and property

A spate of warm weather has been causing streams to overflow their banks and carve new channels, making some roads impassable and flooding private property around the valley. Some driveways, where people say they haven’t seen water for decades — if ever — have turned into ponds. Some of the runoff appears to be connected with wildfires …
Heavy runoff and sediment cause minor flooding, road closures around valley

Heavy runoff and sediment cause minor flooding, road closures around valley

Melting snow and saturated soils in parts of the Methow Valley have spawned new streams, caused small mudslides, and washed out roads that became inundated when culverts became clogged with sediment and an unusually high volume of water. One section of Rendezvous Road was so wet last week that a new culvert floated in the...
New culvert diverts water under Highway 153

New culvert diverts water under Highway 153

A new, larger culvert that carries water and runoff under Highway 153 about 1 mile south of Black Canyon was installed last Friday (March 11) by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The new culvert was able to handle the large volume of water that was still cascading down the hillside this past weekend....
Rain, warm temperatures threaten statewide snowpack

Rain, warm temperatures threaten statewide snowpack

While the statewide snowpack remains healthy, warmer-than-normal temperatures and lots of rain in recent weeks are quickly melting lower and mid-elevation snow and could pose the risk of spring flooding if the warm, wet trend continues. “Overall snowpack [statewide] is at 101 percent of normal. We’re feeling pretty good about that considering we’re coming into mid-March,”...
Mudslides near Black Canyon close Highway 153

Mudslides near Black Canyon close Highway 153

A major slide of mud and rocks about 1 mile south of Black Canyon closed state Highway 153 early Sunday (March 6) after heavy rain fell overnight. Crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) were on scene Sunday morning clearing debris and water from the roadway at three sites. The most serious slide was...