Rain is expected this weekend, August 28-29. The loss of vegetation and potentially heavily burned soil has greatly increased the risk of flooding and debris flows in and around the burn scars from Okanogan Complex, North Star, and the 2014 Carlton Complex. Take action now to protect your life and property.
KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT
Flooding is possible if it has been raining upstream.
Know the area, and know the flood risk based on proximity to creeks, waterways, steep slopes, coulees and canyons.
Burned trees and rocks may wash down and pile up bridges, culverts, and other river obstructions.
Sediment and ash may wash off the burned area into the streams, changing the color of the water to brown or black.
Bridges and culverts may wash out.
Sign up to receive emergency notifications (OkanoganDEM.org).
Be aware of rising water in ditches, streams, creeks, and rivers.
If your home is in a risky area, such as below a steep slope or at the mouth of a canyon or gully, have an evacuation plan and/or emergency supplies for 72 hours. Contact your insurance agent about the National Flood Insurance Program.
Do not hike or drive in narrow canyons when flash flooding is possible.
Listen for bulletins on local radio stations, or use a NOAA weather radio for the most up to date weather reports.
WHEN A FLASH FLOOD BEGINS
Move up, not out!
Move to higher ground away from all waterways.
Do not drive or walk through flooded areas.
If you see downed power lines or electrical wires, stay away and contact the local utility company.
STANDING DEAD TREES: SNAG SAFETY
Burned tree roots can cause trees to be very unstable. Even a light wind can cause these trees to fall or lose sections. Be watchful and avoid unstable trees.
Avoid burned forest areas on windy days.
Avoid parking near burned trees.
When driving through burned areas, carry a saw or an ax in case trees fall and block the way out.
For more detailed information visit our wildfire recovery page at www.okanogancd.org/Fires
Information adapted from www.rweact.org