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Heavy rain, snow melt could push swollen rivers to flood stage
Rain. Snow. Now possible flooding.
The National Weather Service is warning that warmer temperatures, melting snow in the Cascades foothills and heavy rain could send some local rivers over their banks during the next five days.
Weather service officials said the Columbia River could rise to nearly flood stage in Vancouver, Washington, by Thursday afternoon because of high runoff from tributaries.
Other rivers, like the Tualatin, the Clackamas, the Pudding, the Luckiamute and the lower Cowlitz, also could rise near flood stage by Thursday. Any flooding is expected to have "minor impact," according to the weather service.
A flood watch was issued for the region from Wednesday evening, March 15, to Saturday afternoon, March 18.