Flooding emergencies declared in Umatilla County

UMATILLA COUNTY, Ore. - Rivers and streams are running high in northeast Oregon, leading the National Weather Service to extend a Flood Warning. 

The NWS in Pendleton extended its warning at 8:18 a.m. Tuesday, saying a dam floodgate release may cause minor flooding along the lower McKay Creek. The Flood Warning is in place until 8:30 p.m.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Board of Trustees declared a flooding emergency Monday. The declaration is a key step in the process of telling FEMA the area may need federal assistance.

The City of Ukiah has also declared a local state of emergency, according to the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office.

People who live in Umatilla County flood zones and have private wells should boil all water for one minute to a roiling boil just in case it is contaminated by debris or hazardous materials. Don't use potentially contaminated water to wash dishes, to brush teeth or to make food, ice or baby formula.

If your power is affected by flooding, don't turn on your electricity yourself; contact an electrician.

Showers remain in the forecast Tuesday but KAPP-KVEW Chief Meteorologist Kristin Walls predicts the sun will come out tomorrow and the wet weather will clear.

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