Thursday, January 08, 2009

Next up: Heavy rain, floods across W. Wash.

By Sandi Doughton
Seattle Times science reporter

Cities across Western Washington are bracing for another slap from a season that has already dealt the region a series of nasty blows.
This time, the pain will come in the form of drenching rain followed by floods and the threat of landslides and avalanches, forecasters warned Tuesday. Some rivers, particularly in Lewis County, could reach record levels, and it's possible Interstate 5 near Centralia could be submerged again — as it was for several days in December 2007.
Major flooding also was forecast on the Skagit River near Concrete, the Snohomish River near Monroe, the Tolt River near Carnation, and the Snoqualmie River near Carnation and Snoqualmie Falls.

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