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Mount Rainier’s Nisqually entrance closed

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Nov. 12, 2008 at 9:41 am with No Comments »
November 12, 2008 9:41 am

Mount Rainier National Park’s Nisqually entrance is closed right now because water is flowing over the road near Kautz Creek. The road, the most traveled in the park, is expected to be closed all day, said park spokeswoman Donna Rahier.

The culverts east of the Kautz Creek bridge were not full of water, but the creek has diverted down the rock channel and is running over the road farther east of the culverts. There is about six inches of water on the road.

The stream flow has diverted somewhere upstream. Staffers are on site right now assessing the situation, Rahier said.

"There is a lot of water flowing through (the culverts), but they are not overflowing," Rahier said.

The culverts were installed following the November 2006 flood when the creek was diverted about 1 mile upstream from the bridge.

There were seven guests at the National Park Inn at Longmire Tuesday night. Park rangers escorted these visitors from the park via Skate Creek Road, a route providing administrative access to the park.

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