Okanogan River reaches rare November minor flood stage

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The Okanogan River reached minor flood stage at Tonasket this week, a fact the National Weather Service says is highly unusual.

The river hit nearly 15 and a half feet yesterday, thanks to rains last week on top of mountain snow that fell in southern British Columbia in late October.

Previous high levels for this time of year only got as high at 13.7 feet.

The Similkameen River also caught a lot of that runoff, and Okanogan County Emergency Management drone video footage showed that river running high with muddy water and debris at Enloe Dam.

The water level in both rivers is already diminishing, and not expected to rise again soon.