Local Flooding Threatens homes along Campen Creek in Washougal

January 20, 2012

by Martha Martin

Ryan Davis and family stand by as sand bags hold back the flood waters of Campen Creek near their home at 40th Street and J in Washougal (photo Martha Martin)

Things were getting dicey at the residence of Ryan Davis and Abby Stark in Washougal.

Washougal Fire Chief Schumacher enters site at J Street to check out the flooding of homes near Campen Creek

Their home at 1001 40th Street would have been under water from Campen Creek if it had not been for the quick response of East County Fire & Rescue  volunteer firefighters and Washougal Fire.  The volunteers and crew placed sandbags along Campen Creek to stop the flooding, as it rose and threatened homes near 40th Street and J street in Washougal just east of Washougal High School.  The route was closed to vehicle traffic as crews worked to divert the water.

Flooding over roadway at J street was controlled and diverted by ECFR volunteer firefighters (photo Martha Martin)

Another route just north on M and 39th Streets was also closed as Campen Creek made its way down the hill and into the drainage ditch just below the Methodist Church.  Police were near by, monitering the situation and preventing people from entering the flooded area.

Locally, rainfall has been record breaking, with about 2 1/2 inches of rain falling in the Camas-Washougal area in just a few hours.

Campen Creek rushing over roadway at M Street below Methodist Church in Washougal (photo Martha Martin)

Melting snow is adding to the flooding problems, and the National Weather service has issued a statement that more rain is on the way.  Heavy rain, which has already saturated the ground in many areas, will continue through Saturday morning after a brief break

Thursday evening and early Friday.  An additional one to 1 1/2 inches of rain are possible locally.

With snow pack up to 2 feet or more in the hills above the Camas-Washougal area, local rivers and streams will be on flood watch for the next few days.