Flood warning issued for Tonasket area

— A National Weather Service flood warning for low-lying areas of the Okanogan River remains in effect until further notice.

According to meteorologists, rivers and lakes in the area due to snowmelt in the Okanogan River basin.

“It (the Okanogan River) is expected to go over minor flood stage tonight and remain above it into the next week,” a National Weather Service statement issued Friday afternoon said. “The river is forecast to crest on Monday and remain below moderate flood stage.”

With rising waters, officials are cautioning fishermen, boaters and others venturing into the Okanogan River and area lakes.

“Be aware of large debris,” the Weather Service said, also advising motorists to avoid driving vehicles through flood waters.

The flood warning was initially issued Thursday and updated earlier today.

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