Following the devastating flood events of the past couple of years, many in the region are wondering if or when it will happen again.
The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office said today that the National Weather Service and Umatilla County Emergency Management are conducting regular briefings with community leaders in both Umatilla and Walla Walla counties in order to provide as much advance warning of any potential flooding.
Even with the recent heavy snow in the region, according to the National Weather Service, the forecasts currently favor a gradual melt of snow from the mountain snowpack and the stream and river predictions do not indicate any rapid rise in water level at this time.
“What we’ve learned from the floods of the past couple of years has helped us to be better prepared and more vigilant and aware of the possibilities,” said Umatilla County Emergency Manager Tom Roberts. “Each of us should also be prepared individually . . . and have a plan for your families and property.”
Safety Tips If You Are Under A Flood Warning:
- Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters
- Stay off bridges over fast-moving water
- Evacuate immediately if told to do so
- Make a plan for your household, including your pets, so that you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what you will need to protect yourselves from flooding.
- Build a “Go Kit” of supplies you will need if you have to quickly evacuate your home.