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Flash flood temporarily blocks Forest Service Road 9737

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Flash flood temporarily blocks Forest Service Road 9737

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July 18, 2012

(Cle Elum, WA) A cloud burst over the Wenatchee Mountains near Iron Peak on Saturday afternoon led to a flash flood which rendered Forest Service Road 9737, North Fork Teanaway, impassable for a short time. Flood waters, which covered the road for up to three hours before receding, deposited mud, rocks, logs and other debris onto the road surface.

Heavy rains led to rapid snow melt in the upper reaches of an unnamed tributary to the North Fork Teanaway River. The resulting runoff and snowmelt caused an ice dam in the stream to break and release a large amount of water which in turn dislodged several naturally occurring log jams in the creek bed.

Debris and mud did block the road for a short time but folks recreating in the area cleared rocks and other debris from the road bed using shovels and other hand tools. This allowed vehicles to exit the area without difficulty. The roadway remains very muddy but is passable to most vehicles; however, high clearance vehicles are advised.  “Folks need to remember that there is still a lot of snow in the high country and this type of event could happen again at any time. They need to be prepared” said Judy Hallisey, District Ranger.

Forest Services Officials recommend that forest visitors always carry the 10 essentials (extra food, water, clothes, flashlight and spare batteries, knife or multi tool, map, compass, matches or lighter, first aid kit and emergency shelter) and be prepared to spend the night out. Make sure that your vehicle is in good working order with plenty of gas and good tires. 

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Recreational activities on our lands contribute $14.5 billion annually to the U.S. economy. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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