Flooding Western Washington rivers on their way down

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on April 1, 2011 at 6:29 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 1 at 9:13 AM

SEATTLE -  Western Washington rivers that were flooded by heavy rains this week are on their way down.

The National Weather Service still has flood warnings in effect Friday on two rivers: the Snohomish at Snohomish and the Snoqualmie at Snoqualmie and Carnation.

Waters have covered some valley farms and low-lying roads.

Another storm is pushing into Western Washington, spreading increasing light rain into the state.

“Fortunately, rainfall amounts will be much lighter than the past few days,” said KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriot. “Snow levels will be lower.”

On Thursday, heavy rain and wind in the mountains caused several avalanches on Highway 2, closing all lanes in both directions at Stevens Pass.

The Washington state Department of Transportation said by midday avalanche crews were pulled from the sites because conditions had become too dangerous

The department said the slide hit about 5 a.m., and spokesman Jeff Adamson said the snow was about 15 feet deep. Several more avalanches were discovered in the area later in the morning.

A snowblower working to clear the highway was partially covered by a new slide later Thursday. The driver is OK.

As of 5 a.m. Friday, Steven Pass was still closed due to the avalanche danger without an estimated time of re-opening.

With Stevens Pass closed, most traffic between Eastern Washington and Western Washington has to use Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass.
 

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