Sunday, February 8, 2015

Video: Floods, Mudslides, Evacuations and Stalled Trains in Pacific Northwest

Posted By on Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 12:16 AM

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Mudslides, triggered by the latest downpour in a string of storms that have pummeled the Pacific Northwest, have shut down passenger train service, bringing Amtrak's Cascades and Empire Builder trains to a halt. 

In Oregon, a portion of Highway 66 was closed, Grants Pass experienced severe flooding and nearly 200,000 gallons of waste water from a treatment plant spilled off into Ashland Creek.

In Washington, KING-TV reported that a bridge in Clallam County was in danger of collapsing due to heavy flood waters. Meanwhile half a dozen homes on the Olympic Peninsula were reported to be flooded, and residents were evacuated from the community of Brinnon where dozens of cars were stranded by flood waters.

The National Weather Service says it's looking into reports of so-called "dirty rain" in parts of Idaho, Oregon and Washington, leaving a dirty residue on vehicles.

Meanwhile more rain is on its way to Southwest Idaho, with showers expected to come into the area after 11 p.m. this evening. Rain is expected to fall throughout the day on Monday and there's a chance of a rain/snow mix for Tuesday as temperatures begin to drop following Saturday's record highs.

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