LIVE: Heavy rain causes flooding in Washington, Oregon
An atmospheric river dumping heavy rains across western Washington and northern Oregon is causing rivers to flood, resulting in water rescues in the Northwest.
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Evacuation efforts at an RV Park in Newkowin, Oregon have ended. Coast Guard crews rescued 12 people, and three dogs from the flooded area. Partner agencies rescued eight people and approximately 30 elected to remain in RV park, according to the USGC.
A flash flood watch is in effect through Saturday from northwest Oregon to northern Washington. Flood warnings are also in effect for areas impacted by flooded rivers.
Some areas in higher elevations of the Pacific Northwest have already recorded 7 inches of rain in the past 48 hours. The rain will continue into the weekend.
Two Coast Guard helicopters are working to rescue 50 people staying at an RV park in Tillamook County, Oregon.
There are no reports of injuries at this time.
Flooding threats across the Northwest Friday are fueled by what's known as an atmospheric river. The term describes a narrow corridor of concentrated water vapor in the sky, essentially a river of water vapor. When the "river" arrives the area will receive a period of moderate-to-heavy rainfall for up to 48 hours.
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