WENATCHEE — North Central Washington got a reprieve Friday night from heavy rains that have triggered flooding in numerous areas, but we’re not out of the woods yet.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for NCW that will be in effect until 8 p.m. tonight. That means flooding is possible, said Matt Fugazzi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Spokane.
No precipitation was recorded Friday night and into Saturday morning in the Wenatchee area, Fugazzi said.
The Stehekin area, which suffered a large mudslide Thursday night, received only three tenths of an inch of rain Friday night. The mudslide was reported Friday by the National Park Service.
“Many vehicles in the long-term parking area and at the mouth of Imus Creek were buried,” NPS spokesman Ken Hires said in a press release. Affected businesses were Discovery Bikes and Stehekin Reservations and Fly Fishing Shop.
“Most of the bicycles were damaged or washed into Lake Chelan, and the log cabin office for fly fishing and reservations was surrounded by mud and rocks,” the release said.
As of Saturday morning, the Stehekin Road was partly open for shuttle service and to the public, he said. The Imus Trail was closed to the public.
On Friday afternoon, intense rain triggered a mudslide along Highway 2 near Cashmere, which collapsed part of a hillslope onto the highway shoulder.
The slide came from the Nahahum Canyon area between Cashmere’s Aplets Way and Cottage Avenue. State Department of Transportation crews cleared the debris without closing the highway.
Motorists trying to travel over the North Cascades Highway are not so lucky. That highway remains closed because of multiple mud slides. The closure is from Granite Creek to Rainy Pass.
People living in or below areas that burned over the last two years are at high risk of flooding if heavy rains occur later today. Those areas are the Canyon, Poison and Peavine fire areas above Cashmere and Wenatchee; the Colockum Tarps Fire near Malaga; the Eagle Fire outside Leavenworth; the Byrd Canyon Fire near Entiat; and the First Creek Fire near Chelan.
The National Weather Service maintains an interactive map of Northwest weather hazards at wrh.noaa.gov/wrh/whv/?WFO=OTX. Weekend motorists are advised to check Department of Transportation’s travel alerts for weather-related hazards at wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts.