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Early Summer Scorcher – Weekend weather for June 24 – 25

When Hot Temperatures are expected:  A few tips on keeping Family, Friends, and pets safe in the PNW. 

  • Stay indoors and in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible unless you’re sure your body has a high tolerance for heat.
  • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar.
  • Never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle.
  • Check frequently on people who are elderly, ill or may need help. If you need help, arrange to have family, friends or neighbors check in with you at least twice a day throughout warm weather periods.
  • Make sure pets have plenty of water.

If you go outside

  • Plan strenuous outdoor activities for early or late in the day when temperatures are cooler; then gradually build up tolerance for warmer conditions.
  • Take frequent breaks when working outdoors.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sun block and light-colored, loose-fitting clothes when outdoors.
  • At first signs of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps), move to a cooler location, rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool beverage. Seek medical attention immediately if you do not feel better.
  • Avoid sunburn: Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.

But even on hot days, many rivers and lakes in Southwest Washington remain cold.

  • Cold water − especially when high or swift − can immobilize even the strongest swimmer in minutes.
  • Know the water: Washington waters are cold enough to cause hypothermia even on the hottest summer day. Hypothermia can weaken even strong swimmers.
  • Know your limits: drowning often occurs when a swimmer tires.
  • Wear a life jacket when swimming anywhere without lifeguards or whenever you boat, jet ski, go tubing or do other water sports.
  • Ensure children wear lifejackets. Inflatable toys and mattresses will not keep children safe. By law, children 12 and younger must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket or vest on all vessels 18 feet or smaller.
  • Never leave children unsupervised in or near water, even for a minute. Drowning can happen swiftly and silently. Supervision requires complete attention, even if other adults are present.
  • Always avoid alcohol when swimming or boating.

Looking for Places to Stay Cool?

Check out:

  • local malls
  • restaurants
  • theaters
  • shops
  • libraries
  • community recreation centers.

In Vancouver:

  • Marshall/Luepke Community Center, 1009 McLoughlin Blvd Monday-Thursday 5:30am to   9pm; Friday 5:30am to 8 pm; Saturday 7am to 7pm; closed Sunday
  • Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.; Monday-Thursday, 5:30am to 9pm;  Friday 5:30am to 8pm; Saturday 8am to 7pm; Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
  • Vancouver Public Works’ Water Resources Education Center, along the Columbia River and waterfront trail, is an air-conditioned option for exploring our natural resources, from the aquaria to hands-on exhibits to toddler-size learning at Puddles Place.  Regular Water Center hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5pm on Saturday. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • And Vancouver Parks and Recreation has a fantastic interactive map for locating parks with potable water access.


  • In Washougal: 
    • Cooling stations are now available at Washougal municipal complex at 1701 C Street during business hours to provide relief from the expected high temperatures.
    • City Hall:  M – F 8-5
    • Washougal Library:  Wednesday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Thursday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm.
    • Washougal Community Center: M-Th 9-3 and Friday 4-6, Sunday 1-6.

Storm Related Information

Current Weather Information

We rely on the National Weather Service to provide us with the most up to date forecasts and detailed weather information.  This information will be updated as weather changes.

National Weather Service Forecasting Office Current Forecast for the Region 

Current Forecast for the Region

General Flood Warning & Precautions

  • Turn around don’t drown! Just 12 inches of rushing water isdownload enough to wash away a small car.  NWS Turn Around Don’t Drown
  • Clear street drains in your neighborhood throughout the storm.  Cleaning them just once may not be enough as the rain may wash more leaves onto the drain. Clark County Residents should not try to clear storm drains on busy streets. Call Clark County Public Works at (360) 397-2446 to report clogged storm drains or flooding outside of city limits. 
  • Keep gutters clean, watch for drainage issues around your home
  • Tips from Clark County Public Works Before, During, and After A Flood

Sandbag Information

  • DO NOT call 9-1-1 to request sandbags or inquire about public sandbag locations
  • Most large hardware and home improvement stores carry material needed for sandbags
  • Some area Public Works agencies may provide public sandbag assembly areas
  • All public sandbag sites require you to bring your owns shovel to assemble your sandbags
  •  Do not reuse sandbags from previous flood events
  •  Below is a list of locations where residents can receive assistance obtaining sandbags from their jurisdictions:
    • Clark County: Public Works has a limited number of sandbags for emergencies at 4700 N.E. 78th st. and 11608 NE 149th St.   Call 360-397-2446.
    • Battle GroundThe City of Battle Ground has sand and sandbags available to city residents who may need them. Please call the Public Works Dept. at 360-342-5352 (7:30 am – 4 pm) or 360-635-7076 (after 4 pm) to arrange pick up.
    • Camas: Operations Center, 1620 S.E. 8th Ave. and 4010 N.W. Astor St., near NW 38th Ave. Sandbagging locations are self-serve with shovels available for use.
    • La Center – Call on call manager at 360.524.3450. Sandbags are available, but please call for directions and so that PW staff can meet you there. Questions: Call Naomi Hansen at the PW office 360.263.7665
    • Ridgefield – Bags at PW shop at 109 W. Division and sand available at Abrams Park, end of Division off N. 5th Avenue, near Union Ridge Elementary.
    • Vancouver: Self-serve sand & bags. Bring your shovel. Two sites: Near former Golden Skate, 4915 E 4th Plain & East Ops, 912 192nd Ave.

Road Status: Closed or Restricted Roads

Information about flooded, impassable, or restricted roads may be posted here as it becomes available.

  • I-5 Woodland – UPDATE 8:10 a.m. Dec. 10: All lanes of NB I-5 near Dike Road are blocked by a debris slide and remain closed as geotech crews assess safety Thursday morning. WSDOT is working on a plan to get traffic moving, but no ETA at this time. No established detour around the closure, use alternate routes. (To check on status of Hwy 30 in Oregon as a possible alternate route, check the ODOT TripCheck page )

Visit WSDOT for the most up to date information.  Here is the latest closures from SW WSDOT 


Information Telephone Numbers & Links

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