The Emergency Operations Center at the Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is activated until further notice as flood teams have been mobilized for the Okanogan and Colville river basins in Washington and Clark Fork River basin in Montana.
USACE is mobilized to assist Okanogan County with implementing emergency protective measures to reduce the risk of scour on the Elmway levee on the Okanogan River near the town of Okanogan. The temporary work will start May 7 and is estimated to conclude May 14.
USACE has mobilized to assist the City of Plains and Sanders County, Montana, with implementing emergency protective measures to reduce the risk of scour on the 1948 levee at Plains. The temporary work will start May 7 and is estimated to conclude May 14. Technical assistance started May 6 in Missoula at the request of Missoula County, Montana.
The Seattle District has provided 20,000 sandbags to Okanogan County, 5,000 to Tonasket and 25,000 sandbags to Missoula. Missoula County has requested an additional 75,000 sandbags that will be provided this week.
Flood fight teams are coordinating with the states of Washington and Montana. Agency representatives will continue to coordinate with the counties and cities along the rivers, and the Colville Confederated Tribes.
Private citizens seeking sandbags should contact their local government offices.
The National Weather Service issues flood watches and warnings and should be consulted for that information.
Release no. 18-028