South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has been informed that the Naselle River measurement gauge is currently buried in silt and while transmitting data, readings cannot be relied upon to be accurate. The gauge has indicated extremely high readings on several recent occasions when observations indicate that river levels are in actuality, going down.
The National Weather Service, Portland Office has been in contact with the U.S. Geological Survey, the agency that installed and maintains the gauge, and the USGS has indicated that repairs will be made the week of January 23, 2011. In addition, the USGS has indicated that the gauge is scheduled to be replaced mid-2011. When replaced, the gauge will also be moved to a new location.
The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency encourages all residents to be aware of rising river levels and prepared for potential flooding. The Naselle River level can be monitored (upon repair of the gauge) online at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?12010000. Flood preparedness tips are available on the PCEMA webpage at http://www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema.