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November 25, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Dramatic photos of rampaging waters at Mount Rainier; park reopens Wednesday

WEDNESDAY UPDATE, Nov. 26:

Mount Rainier National Park’s Nisqually entrance reopened at 8 a.m. Wednesday after Tuesday’s closure and evacuation of the park’s west side due to flooding.

A logjam just above the Kautz Creek culverts on the Nisqually Road, between the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire, caused the creek to overflow onto the road Tuesday. A park road crew worked throughout the afternoon to remove the logjam and return the creek to its channel. Park spokeswoman Patti Wold said measures were taken to protect park infrastructure from the Nisqually Entrance to Paradise — pumping water out of basements and keeping culverts free of debris. Park roads are now clear and safe for travel, Wold said. She said she knew of no road or trail closures or significant damage resulting from Tuesday’s events.

For latest updates, see the park’s Twitter feed.

TUESDAY post:

November is once again being a tough month at Mount Rainier National Park, which closed Tuesday and evacuated visitors because of flooding caused by heavy rains and melting snow. Rain is predicted to continue in the Cascades through Thursday, and the National Weather Service has declared a flood warning for the Nisqually River, which caused heavy damage in the park in November 2006. Here are some photos of Tuesday’s flooding:

Kautz Creek flooding, Mount Rainier National Park. (National Park Service photo)

Kautz Creek flooding, Mount Rainier National Park. (National Park Service photo)

Kautz Creek overflowing onto road in Mount Rainier National Park. (National Park Service photo)

Kautz Creek overflowing onto road in Mount Rainier National Park. (National Park Service photo)

Carbon River flooding in Mount Rainier National Park. (National Park Service photo)

Carbon River flooding in Mount Rainier National Park. (National Park Service photo)

Link to more photos here. For latest updates on the park closure, see the park’s Twitter feed.

Comments | Topics: flooding, mount rainier closure, Mount Rainier flooding

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