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Rains drive PNW rivers above flood stage


The National Weather Service has issued flood alerts for rivers as heavy rains soaked Western Washington and Oregon.



In Washington state, the Chehalis River near Doty is under a flood warning, expected to crest 3 feet above flood stage Monday afternoon and evening.



The Skokomish River near Potlatch rose above flood stage Sunday evening and was less than 6 inches below major flood stage Monday morning, causing widespread flooding of pasture lands.



Grays River near Rosburg also rose quickly above flood stage Sunday evening and was about 1 foot from major flooding Monday morning.



Flooding on the Skokomish and Grays is expected to continue through Tuesday night, according to the forecast.



Along the Oregon Coast, the Nehalem River near Foss, the Wilson River near Tillamook and the Siletz River were nearing flood stage Monday morning.



The Nehalem is expected to crest 3 feet above flood stage Monday evening. The Wilson and the Siletz should barely pass flood stage Monday evening into Tuesday.



Rain is predicted to continue in the region at least through Wednesday.



-- Steve Brown



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