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Approaching Storms – What You Need to Know

We are expecting the arrival of a one, two punch with two  storms bringing heavy winds and heavy rain.  The first storm is expected to hit Thursday and the second storm to hit Saturday.

Check back here for the latest updates.

**A Message from area Public Works**

High Winds and Heavy rain expected  –  The National Weather Service expects up to 4 inches of precipitation in the next five days.   Below are some items to consider:

  • Most of flooding we may see will be because of leaves clogging storm drains, not because of waterways surging over their banks.
  • Please DO NOT rake, sweep or blow your leaves onto roadways where they can clog storm drains, causing flooding and create driving hazards.
  • Clark County and and the City of Vancouver  offer coupons for free leaf disposal.  These are available on both agencies websites.
  • If you see an urgent problem, call 911.  If you see an issue that does not pose an imminent threat to public safety, call Clark County Public Works for incidents outside the City of Vancouver and other city limits.  (Those numbers are listed below.)
  • Clark County does have sand and sandbags available for emergency situations.  Please see locations below based on your location.
  • Report down trees by calling 360-397-2446.  Crews can use chain saws to cut up trees and limbs and clear obstructions.
  • The one exception is where power is involved.  Clark Public Utilities needs to respond to those incidents.

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 

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:
  • Sandbags are available from Clark County Public Works (2 locations)
    • 78th St Operation Center 4700 N.E. 78th St.
    • 149th Street Operations Center 11608 NE 149th St.
    • Sandbag assembly required, remember to bring your own shovel
    • Do not reuse sandbags from previous flood
  • Sandbags are available to residents of the City Of Vancouver (2 locations)
    • In front of fence near the sign at the former Golden Skate site, 4915 E Fourth Plain Blvd
    • Near the driveway access at Vancouver Public Works’ East Operations site, 912 NE 192 Ave
    • For More information from Vancouver Public Works click here.
  • Sandbags are available for residents of Battle Ground (Self-serve)
    • Flex Use Building, 1308 SE Grace Ave
  • Sandbags are available to residents of Camas   (2 locations)
    • Operations Center 1620 SE 8th Ave
    • 4010 NW Astor Street near NW 38th Ave.
    • For More information on Sandbags in Camas click here.
  • Sandbags are available to residents of Ridgefield
    • Abrams Park  End of Division off of N 5th Ave.

    Sandbags are available to residents of Washougal  (3 locations)

    • 2300 block of North L Street
    • Silver Star Search & Rescue 13th & A Street
    • Public Works Operations 2201 C Street

Road Status: Closed or Restricted Roads

Information about flooded, impassable, or restricted roads will be posted here as information becomes available:

There are no current closures

Information Telephone Numbers & Links

CRESA Emergency Operations Center ACTIVATED

The CRESA Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activated at noon today (Jan 7, 2009). Many government jurisdictions and community agencies within Clark County, Washington are now coordinating responses to current flooding and landslide issues throughout Clark County.

Members of the public should note the following resource numbers and/or websites:

  • Emergency Requests, call “9-1-1” for life threatening problems or injury.
  • Non-Emergency Requests, call “2-1-1” (link to 2-1-1)
  • Traffic and Weather Information, call “5-1-1” or 1-800-695-7623 (ROAD) (link to 5-1-1)
  • Report Power Outages, call (360) 992-8000 (link to Clark Public Utilitites).
  • Report Gas Line Leaks / Problems, call (800) 882-3377. Do not email about gas leaks. (link to NW Natural).
  • Document Damage to Home & Property. If your home or property has been damaged due to floods, landslides or other weather-related events — photographs the damage, but only if you are able to safely do so!!! Photographic documentation can be valuable proof to show damages later on.

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