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Flooding a Threat in the West

4 Aug 2014, 12:55 pm

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As the West Coast suffers through a historic drought, too much rain will be a concern for parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Idaho. With the monsoon season in full swing, soggy conditions are expected for the next couple of days, for a large part of the Intermountain West — as much as 1-3″ of rain is possible through midweek.

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This could mean significant flash flooding and even landslides for areas of the Rocky Mountains; especially for the Wasatch Mountains, the Bitteroots and areas of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Flood watches have been issued for a large section of the Intermountain West.

And there have already been reports of flash flooding and mudslides in parts of California. CNN reports that mudflows washed-out roads and made others impassable in the mountainous terrain of San Bernardino County. One campground — the Forest Home Camp — was affected. It’s reported that many of the roads that lead to the campground were taken out by floodwaters, but a press release from Forest Home said everyone was safe and activities for many of the campers were continuing as normal.

Even as the rain abates in Southern California, elsewhere, flooding will still be a concern.

Here’s what some of the western U.S. National Weather Service offices had to say about the potential rainfall:

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