Flooding and Landslides Are Caused by a Pacific Northwest Storm, Which Often Closes Roads


As snow turned to rain and swamped the Pacific Northwest on Friday, triggering floods, collapses, and avalanche hazard in the hills, at least one person mysteriously disappeared and was presumed dead.

A 72-year-old individual leaves his home to move his car to higher ground on Friday morning and never returned, in west of Olympia, Washington, in Cosmopolis, as per Grays Harbor Undersheriff Brad Johansson.

The man’s home was on a road that was overwhelmed and authorities fear his vehicle was cleared into floodwaters down a precarious bank close to his driveway, Johansson said.


Snow and rain constrained the conclusion of parts of Washington state’s two major highways — Interstate 90 and Interstate 5 — with flooding that also swamped roads all through Western Washington and Oregon.

Because of flooding from the Chehalis River, in southwestern Washington’s Lewis County, a 20-mile (32-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 5 had been shut in the two bearings south of Chehalis. All lanes of Interstate 5 in that area resumed Friday afternoon.

The major course across Washington’s Cascades — I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass — shut Thursday because of avalanche danger, heavy snow and low perceivability. Stevens Pass on U.S. 2, White Pass on U.S. 12 and Blewett Pass on U.S. 97 also shut Thursday.

Transportation authorities said that all four mountain passes that associate Western Washington with Eastern Washington probably would remain shut until Sunday because of this dangerous situation.

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And part of one of the main different roads crossing the state, State Route 14 on the Washington side of the Columbia River, shut for a considerable length of time on Friday because of a fatal crash near Lyle, Finn said.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee gave a crisis proclamation on Friday because of serious winter storms returning to Dec. 17. State agencies and local purviews are coordinating assets to address damaged property and infrastructure, assess damage caused by the tempests and execute repairs, he said.

Washington State University canceled classes Monday and Tuesday to allow understudies ample opportunity to get back to Pullman in Eastern Washington following the extreme winter weather, officials said on the college’s site.

Near Stevens Pass northeast of Seattle, the city of Leavenworth declared a state of crisis and asked for National Guard help after 3 feet (91 centimeters) of snow fell in 24 hours.


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