May 10, 2017 – Please be advised that the Columbia River will be at or near 15′ elevation (measured at the Vancouver Gage) for the next several days, with a chance of higher water elevations in the forecast. In response to this forecast, MCDD is taking early precautions. As part of these early precautions, we ask that:
- Residents, property owners, and others in the district to please to be aware that MCDD staff may be conducting levee inspections, to mind all safety signs, and to proceed with extra caution around work crews.
- Moorage managers, and floating home residents take to tie down floating items or otherwise secure items on their property that might be at risk of coming loose during high water.
Some parking areas on Bridgeton Road remain closed to help reduce the risk of additional erosion on the levee. Repairs for these areas are currently being planned. We expect parking in these areas to reopen when the repairs are complete and no additional high water events are in the forecast.
The current high water on the Columbia River is part of the 2017 spring freshet. Above average snow fall over the past winter in many areas in the Columbia River basin has resulted in a higher than average river elevations this spring.