OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. -- Rain continued to soak scorched earth in the Carlton Complex area early Friday. Flooding in Okanogan County is creating a mess while officials continue to worry about the possibility of large mudslides.
Reports of the heaviest rainfall and flooding are coming in from the Methow Valley near Twisp. People in the area have been sharing video of the flooding on social media sites showing Highway 153 being washed out.
Early Friday, there were reports of two highways partially blocked, causing drivers to stop in the middle of road. There were no reports of injuries. Up to ten cars were cut off by mud on Highway 153, according to troopers. A portion of Highway 20 was closed after mud and rocks were found covering the road. Video of smaller debris slides could also be found on social media.
Thunderstorms dropped heavy rain on areas of north-central Washington hard-hit by wildfires this summer, triggering flash floods and mud slides. KING
Many in the area say they have been ordered to shelter in place by the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Frank Rogers could not be reached for an update early Friday. As the rain continues, the order can change to evacuation notices.
Officials in Okanogan County say they started worrying about the potential for mudslides shortly after the state's largest wildfire moved through the area.
KING 5 meteorologists say a flash flood watch for the area continues through Friday evening.