Flood warning in Walla Walla, Umatilla counties
The National Weather Service says a flood warning is in effect for parts of Walla Walla and Umatilla counties on Thursday evening.
The following rivers are being impacted
Walla Walla River near Touchet
- Warning in effect until Sunday morning
- Flood stage is 13 feet; At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, the stage was at 9.9 feet
- River is expected to rise near 15 feet by Friday evening, fall below flood stage by Sunday morning
- Moderate flooding is expected
Umatilla River near Gibbon
- Warning in effect until late Friday night
- Flood stage is is at 7 feet
- Moderate to major flooding is occurring
Umatilla River at Pendleton
- Warning in effect until Saturday morning
- Flood stage is at 12.3 feet; At 2:00 p.m. Thursday, the stage was 13.2 feet.
- Moderate to major flooding is expected
The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office said flooding along Bingham Road has prompted several residents to self-evacuate. Deputies are recommending that drivers avoid Bingham Road due to high water and landslides.
Walla Walla River Road is closed at Joe West Bridge near Spofford Road and Thorn Hollow Road is closed.
No evacuation orders have been issued. However, deputies said residents should go to higher ground if water is approaching their home.
According to Walla Walla County Fire District 8, floodwaters may look calm, but underneath they could be tearing out roads and carrying debris. The public is asked to be extremely cautious near the water.
Residents needing to request specific assistance for flooding can call the Umatilla County dispatch line at 541‐966‐3651.
This story will be updated.