Flood Warnings on Lower Klamath, Smith; Voluntary Evacuations in Effect

Hank Sims / Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 8 p.m. / Emergencies

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the lower Klamath and Smith Rivers.

“Over the next 24 hours and additional 5 to 7 inches of rain is expected in the Smith River Basin and 3 to 4 inches in the Klamath Basin,” the NWS writes. “This will result in the Smith River near Crescent City and the Klamath River near Klamath to exceed flood stage.”

The Triplicate (Crescent City) reports that residents of low-lying areas around the bottom stretches of those rivers are “strongly recommended” to evacuate. Areas under evacuating includes parts of Smith River, Klamath, Requa, Klamath Glen and the Resighini Rancheria. Volunteer firefighters are in the area assisting in the evacuation along the Klamath, the paper reports. 

Both rivers are expected to reach flood level tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

Triplicate story here. They have the location of emergency shelters and school closure information.

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