Nearly a week of rain and snow in the Pacific Northwest have closed highways, indicated abandonment And now he is being blamed for the suspicious death of a Washington state man.
According to the Grace Harbor Sheriff’s Office, the 72-year-old man and his car were likely to be washed away in floodwaters Friday morning. Vehicle not found yet.
Flooding comes on Friday as a storm that continues to deluge into the Pacific Northwest and an important highway is buried in snow About 40 avalanches.
The major route to Cascades, Washington, between Seattle and Spokane, was closed Thursday due to an avalanche danger, heavy snowfall and low visibility. That stretch of road at Snoqualmie Pass, I-90, was closed Friday,
“Closed means closed… please don’t pass road closure signs,” a The Washington State Department of Transportation account tweeted In reference to a photo of a semi truck buried in snow on White Pass, another closed section of road on Friday.
The four mountain passes connecting the eastern and western parts of the state are expected to remain closed over the weekend.
In southwestern Washington, a 20-mile section of Interstate 5 was closed in both directions due to flooding from the Chehalis River. All lanes in that area reopened on Friday afternoon.
CNN reported that residents in the Skokomish Valley area of Mason County, Washington, were placed under an evacuation order due to rising water and “imminent flooding,” the county said in a news release.
According to the National Weather Service office in Seattle, several cities in Washington broke rain records on Thursday, which is likely to cause flooding, CNN said.
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On Friday, parts of downtown Issaquah, Washington, were closed after Issaquah Creek sent water to the streets. At least one apartment building was evacuated after it collapsed in the parking lot along the bay and below the complex.
Dozens of watches and warnings were in effect in Washington and Oregon, including a flood warning for the northern Oregon coast after heavy rainfall.
“We are now experiencing the most active weather period in some time,” Seattle-based meteorologist Cliff Maas wrote on the Seattle Weather Blog on Friday afternoon.
Southwest Washington experienced its worst flooding in a decade, the National Weather Service said, and some rivers reached heights of more than 18 feet late Thursday.
The National Weather Service said Hoquim, Washington, received 5.78 inches of rain on Thursday – the city’s wettest day ever. According to the Meteorological Service, other areas are expected to see about half the rain in a day in the month of January.
Forecasters say rain should subside over the weekend.
Contribution: The Associated Press; The Kitsap Sun