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Wow, hope all you Pacific Northwesterners are doing okay!

Figures mother nature would hit you with rain after all that snow. The pictures coming out of there are amazing.

40,000 told to flee Wash. state floods
Interstate 5 cut off as heavy rain quickly melts snow, swamping towns
Jan. 8, 2009

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. - A major north-south interstate was cut off and 40,000 people were urged to leave their homes as snowmelt and rain swelled rivers and caused mudslides and avalanches that engulfed neighborhoods and roadways.

Warmer temperatures and heavy rains were rapidly melting the deep snow that dumped on the Cascade mountains over the weekend. Ten inches of snow melted in a 12-hour period at Snoqualmie Pass, according to Meteorologist Andy Haner.

Nearly 7 inches of rain fell in one 24-hour period at Marblemount in the Cascade foothills. A record 2.29 inches of rain fell Wednesday at Sea-Tac Airport and a record 4.82 inches at Olympia.

Rising waters led state highway crews to close a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 5 around Chehalis on Wednesday evening. The state's three major east-west routes across the Cascade mountains also were closed by avalanches and the threat of more slides.

Authorities feared Interstate 5, which carries 55,000 vehicles a day, could be closed for days. But they hoped to reopen one of the east-west routes sometime Thursday "to get people moving and freight moving," said Transportation Department spokeswoman Alice Fiman.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for about two dozen rivers in western Washington, and Amtrak passenger train service out of Seattle was suspended because of mudslides.

"It's right up there with some of our most memorable flood events," National Weather Service forecaster Doug McDonnal said Thursday.

Drier weather is due Friday, forecasters said, but flooding will remain a problem as overflowing rivers drain. The storm also produced heavy rain and strong winds in northwest Oregon, but at least on Wednesday, the area managed to avoid the mudslides and severe flooding that battered Washington.

'It's scary'
Fire trucks rolled through Orting, about 10 miles southeast of Tacoma, with loudspeakers Wednesday, advising everyone to leave the town and surrounding valley, home to about 26,000 people. Sandbags were placed around many downtown homes and businesses as the Puyallup River neared record levels.

Kim and Carl Scanson closed their Around the Corner restaurant when Orting police told them of the recommended evacuation. They sent employees home to care for their families.

"It's scary, but everybody works together in this town," Kim Scanson told The News Tribune as she helped pack sandbags around the city's water treatment plant.

Some residents also left their homes in the nearby towns of Puyallup and Sumner. Fife Mayor Barry Johnson suggested roughly 6,000 people voluntarily leave their homes in that city near Tacoma and Interstate 5.

Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma declared a civil emergency for his city of about 200,000, south of Seattle, largely because of Puyallup River flooding risks to the city's wastewater treatment plant.

State emergency officials said voluntary evacuations were recommended for Snoqualmie, a riverside town 25 miles east of Seattle, and for the southwest Washington cities of Naselle, Packwood and Randle.

The Snoqualmie River at Carnation, in the rural Snoqualmie Valley, was measured at 61.3 feet Wednesday night, 7.3 feet above flood stage and a record for measurements kept since 1932, weather service meteorologist Jay Albrecht said.

Avalanches and rescues
In Orting, several dozen people and a number of pets were rescued by boat Wednesday morning, Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Diane Knowles of Eatonville said those rescued included her 81-year-old father-in-law and her brother- and sister-in law, who in past flooding arranged for the family to bring rescue boats.

"It came up so fast this time, there wasn't really time to think about it," she said.

An avalanche of snow and mud about 100 yards wide damaged some weekend recreation homes in the Hyak area east of Snoqualmie Pass. All homes at Hyak and condominium complexes at the base of the ski area were evacuated.

The debris field spanned eight houses, including one that was severely damaged, and two occupants of that home were treated for minor injuries, said Matt Cowan, chief of Snoqualmie Pass Fire and Rescue.

Chris Caviezel, who has lived at Snoqualmie Pass for about seven years, said conditions were the worst he has seen. "We're getting avalanches and we're being flooded," Caviezel said.

In Snoqualmie, kayakers paddled in the street as city officials urged residents in the flood plain of the Snoqualmie River to leave before they became trapped.

Rachel Myers stood across a flooded parking lot from her home and waited for her father to pick her up in a boat. She said her family has lived in the house since her great-grandmother built it, but they've decided this will be their last winter there.

"With flood after flood, it just gets more ruined every time," Myers said.

In the east, Spokane, already beset by more than 6 feet of snow in the past three weeks, was hit with rain and temperatures in the mid-40s, triggering a flood warning for the area. The city's schools were closed Thursday, giving its 29,000 students a third unscheduled day off this week.

Wicked weather elsewhere
Over the past two weeks, extreme temperatures in Alaska — 60 below zero in Stevens Village, which is about 90 miles northwest of Fairbanks — have grounded planes, disabled cars, frozen water pipes and even canceled several championship cross country ski races.

In Oregon, high winds toppled trees along U.S. 26, forcing the highway's closure and stranding some motorists while crews worked to clear the road. The weather service posted flood warnings for areas along several rivers and a flood watch for all of northwest Oregon.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain made roads hazardous across the Great Lakes region into New England on Wednesday, forcing the closure of hundreds of schools.

The weather service issued winter storm warnings and ice storm warnings from Pennsylvania into Maine, and winter weather advisories for parts of Michigan and Ohio.

Michigan police blamed four traffic deaths on ice-covered roads.

Many schools in upstate New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire also closed or opened late because of snow.

Mississippi homes, roads flooded
In Mississippi, dozens of roads were closed, some homes evacuated Wednesday and at least two homes flooded following two days of heavy rain earlier in the week, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said.

"At this time, 34 roads in Lowndes County are closed, at least two homes are flooded and as many as 25 families are affected by the conditions," MEMA said in a statement.

A shelter was opening at a church in the county to serve displaced residents.

Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia were also experiencing flooding. In addition to rain, a wind advisory issued for most of Georgia called for gusts ranging from 20 mph to 30 mph.

In West Virginia, the state's major electric utilities, Allegheny Energy and Appalachian Power, reported there were thousands without power. Roads and bridges were closed in West Virginia because of high water and downed power lines, the state Division of Highways said.

Heavy rain flooded more than 30 roads in far southwest Virginia. Twenty secondary roads in Scott County were closed, as well as 12 in Lee County, Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michelle Earl said.

As skies cleared in Alabama, parts of the state still struggled with scattered flooding from a lengthy deluge that led to rescue operations earlier in the week when cars were engulfed in water.

Meanwhile, forecasts of falling temperatures brought the possibility that rain could soon give way to snow in some places.

Winter storm warnings were issued for counties in West Virginia. A snow advisory was posted for several counties in far eastern Kentucky. The National Weather Service also predicted snow across much of the northern and central Tennessee valley, the northern Cumberland Plateau and the Tennessee mountains.

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It's soggy. I passed through a stretch of I-5 in the Tacoma area, just prior to its brief closure due to flooding on the Puyallup River. I was driving a little Prius and the silly thing was hydroplaning all over the place. My old farm down South of here is prepping for a major onslaught. The new owner was interviewed on our local NPR affiliate after he and his family had to evacuate to higher ground.
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Shouldn't that be the Pacific North East ?
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