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Flash Flood Watch issued August 20 at 3:51PM PDT until August 22 at 9:00PM PDT by NWS

...STORMS ON FRIDAY MAY PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING OR MUD SLIDES OVER NORTH CASCADE BURN SCARS... .SLOW MOVING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED ON FRIDAY OVER THE NORTH WASHINGTON CASCADES. LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN WILL BE A POSSIBILITY IN AREAS RECENTLY BURNED BY WILDFIRES...INCLUDING THE CARLTON, CHIWAUKUM, LITTLE BRIDGE CREEK, DUNCAN, MILLS CREEK,

Tonight

Lo61° Mostly Clear

Thursday

Hi81° Sunny

Thursday Night

Lo61° Slight Chc Thunderstorms

Friday

Hi80° Heavy Rain

Friday Night

Lo59° Chance Thunderstorms

Saturday

Hi83° Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo58° Mostly Clear

Sunday

Hi84° Mostly Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo64° Partly Cloudy

Monday

Hi86° Sunny

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You know there’s trouble when the accountant pulls out the good ol’ can-kicking metaphor. “We’ve been kicking the can down the road and now it’s stuck in a ditch,” said Wenatchee Finance Director Deanne McDaniel. Well, not exactly. It’s more like we had a party, drank the can dry, and now we wonder why we’re thirsty. The empty can won’t satisfy.

This is more than verbal games over a sparse budget. It involves public safety and the fundamental duties of city government. The Wenatchee Fire Department needs a new fire engine, and preferably two. The current equipment is ancient, often broken and nearing the end. The city once prudently set aside money on a regular basis in anticipation of this need. Fire engines are not inexpensive. Two could run to $1 million. But, sadly, the savings were spent elsewhere, partly for a near-bankrupt ice arena. There’s nothing left in the can.

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