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Mountain communities brace for heavy rainfall

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COUGAR, WA (KPTV) -

Mountain communities are preparing for heavy rainfall this weekend.

The U.S. Forest Service is warning people to avoid hiking or camping in stream drainages on Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams this weekend.

The heavy rains could cause substantial runoff from streams on both mountains, causing flooding and debris flow.

The community of Cougar, which is about 11 miles southwest of Mount St. Helens, could see as many as 9 inches of rain fall on Saturday.

Longtime residents like Peggy Thompson say 9 inches in one day is not typical, but it has happened before.

“9 inches is nothing,” she said. “I'm grateful to have it. That's what makes it so green up here.”

The previous winter and spring were so dry and warm, it left reservoirs in the area lower than most longtime residents can remember.

The boat ramps at Swift Reservoir and Yale Reservoir are still closed.

Many residents welcome the return of rain.

“I'm very glad to see it,” Thompson said.

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