After a weather system brought rain and strong winds to the local area on Thursday, another major weather event is already on its way.
Forecasters in the National Weather Service’s Portland office are calling the next system the “Ides of October” storm. The remnants of Typhoon Songda will reach the area on Saturday.
“This will likely bring potentially strong damaging winds and another round of heavy rain to much of the region,” said the NWS report. “Unsettled weather continues into early next week.”
Forecasters are predicting 1 to 3 inches of rain in the valleys this weekend.
“At this point, there appear to be enough breaks in-between the systems to prevent river flooding,” the NWS forecast states. “But with leaves falling off trees now, expect areas of low-lying and other poor drainage areas, and some urban flooding that could be exacerbated by leaf-clogged storm drains.”
A high wind watch has been issued for Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening. Wind gusts are expected to reach 65 mph.
Local jurisdictions are preparing for the weather by making sand and sand bags available to residents.
In Washougal, these supplies are available at three locations including the 2300 block of North “L” Street; Silver Star Search and Rescue, 1220 “A” St.; and the Public Works Operations Center, 2201 “C” St.
In Camas, the sand and bags are available at 4010 N.W. Astor St.
“The City suggests that sandbags be filled only half-full, as smaller bags pack tighter and are easier to handle,” a Camas Public Works Department press release stated. “Overfilled bags are unstable when stacked and can leave gaps that allow water to flow through.”
Camas residents are also being asked to lend a hand, when possible.
“If water is pooling around a storm drain and beginning to cause localized flooding, provided conditions are safe, residents can help by raking leaves and debris from around the drains to allow the water to flow freely,” the release stated. “Public Works maintenance crews will respond to calls for assistance during heavy rains, however, they may not be able to get to each storm drain as quickly as desired.”
To report localized flooding in Camas, call the Public Works Department, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 817-1563. For after-hours emergencies, call 737-0592.
The Washougal Public Works Department can be reached at 835-2262.