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Flash Flood Watch issued July 31 at 11:49PM PDT until August 01 at 11:00PM PDT by NWS

...FLASH FLOODING POSSIBLE ON RECENT BURN AREAS FRIDAY... .BRIEF DOWNPOURS FROM ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS COULD PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING ACROSS AREAS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED RECENT WILDFIRES. DEBRIS FLOWS AND RAPID RUNOFF WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT THREAT IN THIS CASE. ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM PDT FRIDAY

Overnight

Lo71° Mostly Cloudy

Friday

Hi98° Isolated Thunderstorms

Friday Night

Lo72° Isolated Thunderstorms

Saturday

Hi97° Isolated Thunderstorms

Saturday Night

Lo71° Slight Chc Thunderstorms

Sunday

Hi98° Hot

Sunday Night

Lo73° Partly Cloudy

Monday

Hi99° Hot

Monday Night

Lo72° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi98° Hot

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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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