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Flood Watch in Cascades, Mount Rainier National Park Temporarily Closed

Posted by Loren Drummond at Nov 25, 2014 02:15 PM |

Mount Rainier National Park has issued a temporarily closure midday Tuesday, Nov. 25 due to heavy rains along the western Cascades. A flood watch is in effect for a number of rivers and Western Washington counties.

Mount Rainier National Park has issued a temporarily closure midday Tuesday, Nov. 25 due to heavy rains. Park officials say the rains have been washing away snow below 7,500 feet. All park employees and visitors are being evacuated. All roads are closed. (Chinook and Cayuse Passes had already closed yesterday for the season.)

A flood watch is in effect for a number of rivers and Western Washington counties.

Update 11.26.14:


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  • Though it's common sense, it's worth stating that it's generally not a good idea to hike in areas prone to flooding during an active flood watch.
  • If you find yourself hiking during or after very heavy rains, it's a good idea to take a little extra caution and watch your footing around any steep drainages, along hillsides, some shorelines and on snowfields. Drainages around recent fire activity can be particularly unstable to mud and debris flows.
  • Rivers can also swell unexpectedly, even this late in the season, so make sure to carefully assess any creek or river crossings.
  • If you see a landslide across a trail, let your local ranger station know. You can also report landslides to the Department of Natural Resources.


>> More tips for hiking in the rainy season

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