Barb and I took a short vacation to Orofino and vicinity. The river just outside our hotel room just touched flood stage this morning as we left. The hotel wasn’t in any danger but there might be a few low areas around town that might get damp. It is expected the waters will go down this evening and again touch on flood stage tomorrow morning. Yesterday we drove upstream and did some hiking and took pictures of the high water on the Lochsa (Nez Perce word meaning rough water) and Selway rivers.
At nearly this same time last year we did a relatively slow float down the river in canoes and kayaks. Islands we went around last year and beaches we stopped at were completely under water yesterday.
Here is a sample of what we saw: