The Columbia River washes over a park bench Thursday, June 2, 2011, in The Dalles, Ore. States across the West are bracing for major flooding in the coming weeks once a record mountain snowpack starts... more 
The Columbia River washes over a park bench Thursday, June 2, 2011, in The Dalles, Ore. States across the West are bracing for major flooding in the coming weeks once a record mountain snowpack starts melting and sending water gushing into rivers, streams and low-lying communities. The catalyst will be warmer temperatures forecast for the next week that could set off a rapid thaw. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Rick Bowmer
Thu, Jun 2, 2011 6:11 PM EDT