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PHOTOS: Flooding and Mudslides near Naches, WA

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NACHES, Wash. -

The U.S. Forest Services reports flood damage and mudslides have impacted access to most or all major road systems in the Naches Ranger District. 

The Naches Ranger District encompasses approximately 518,000 acres and extends from the near the town of Naches to the crest of the Cascades in the William O. Douglas, Norse Peak, Goat Rocks Wilderness and White Pass areas. It is bordered by the Cle Elum Ranger District to the north along the Manastash Ridge divide and by the Yakama Indian Nation to the south and Mt. Rainier National Park to the west.To the west of the district is theMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mt. Rainier National Park, and Gifford Pinchot National Forest. 

According to the Rimrock Cabin Owner’s Association, power is out to all cabins above Tieton Dam and the power lines are down on Road No. 1308 which accesses the Andy Creek summer home site; Indian Creek Road No. 1308 has washed outed in two places--this affects access to the nine Bootjack summer home site cabins. Also, high water was flowing adjacent to the cabins in Andy Creek and Road No. 1382 has washed out at Andy Creek.

Forest employees have confirmed that Chinook Pass is closed due to a mudslide above Gold Creek, approximately 20 miles west of Naches. The cabins located between Gold Creek and Chinook Pass are now inaccessible. The Nile Loop bridge, off of State Route 410, has washed out and is impassable. As a result there is no access to Road No. 1500, also known as Bethel Ridge Road/Rattlesnake Road. Flood water from the Naches River has made Wonderland bridge impassable. This bridge is located on Highway 12, approximately 5 miles west of Naches.

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“Due to the high water levels in all area rivers, forest visitors are advised to obtain the most current information before traveling to or through areas of the Naches Ranger District,” said Naches District Ranger Kelly Lawrence. “There is also potential for addition mudslides, debris flows, and flooding to occur, so it is very important that people be aware of these hazards,” she said.

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