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Before a flood: Remember flood waters can be extremely dangerous.
The "flood potential outlook" is generally issued 36 hours or more before the potential event.The sheer force of just 6 inches of swiftly moving water can knock people off their feet.Cars are easily swept away in just two feet of water.The additional important links will keep you connected to our community as events unfold.In case of a local emergency, visit the Cowlitz County Department of Emergency Management website for the most up-to-date information.A "flood watch" is generally issued 12 to 36 hours before the potential event.
Persons along rivers should be prepared to take whatever actions are necessary and monitor the latest weather forecasts for potential flood information.
A "flood warning" is issued when flooding is expected within 12 hours or is in progress.
Forecast crest information is provided for specific communities or areas along main stem rivers.
Windstorms The State of Washington has experienced many violent windstorms: The Columbus Day Storm, November 1981 Windstorm, Inaugural Day Storm, and most recently, the Windstorm of 1995.
These storms have damaged homes, businesses, and public utilities and have left thousands without power for several days.
Flooding along rivers is a natural and inevitable part of life.