February 9, 1996 in Nation/World

Flooding At A Glance


Road closures in the region


State Highway 27 between Pullman and Palouse and between Tekoa and Oakesdale.

U.S. Highway 12 between Dodge and Waitsburg and between Touchet and Wallula Junction.

U.S. Highway 2 over Stevens Pass.

U.S. Highway 12 over White Pass.


Idaho state Highway 41 between Spirit Lake and the state Highway 53-41 junction.

U.S. Highway 2 from Sandpoint to Laclede.

Idaho state Highway 6 from the Potlatch Junction to Harvard.

Idaho state Highway 9 from Harvard to Deary.

U.S. Highway 95 from Culdesac to Winchester south of Lewiston.

U.S. Highway 12 from Lewiston to Kooskia.

Road reports

Washington 360-705-7075; Idaho 208-772-0531; Montana 406-728-8553.


Rain showers should decrease today with cooler temperatures into the weekend.

Health watch

Flooding can contaminate drinking-water wells. Health officials say people with flooded wells should boil water for 10 minutes before drinking.

Continue using boiled water until laboratory tests confirm the water is safe to drink.

Water used for washing dishes by hand should be disinfected with one capful of household bleach per gallon of water. Water can be used for bathing and laundry without boiling.

Drinking water can be tested at the Whitman Community Hospital or Spokane County Health District laboratories. For information, call 324-1440 in Spokane or 397-6280 in Whitman County.

For health questions in North Idaho, call 667-3481 in Kootenai County, 263-5159 in Bonner County, 267-5558 in Boundary County, 245-4556 in Benewah County and 786-7474 in Shoshone County.

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