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Flooding At A Glance

Fri., Jan. 3, 1997

A week of snow and rain followed by unusually warm weather has caused flooding across the West. A state-by-state look at the damage:

California - More than 2,500 tourists and employees stranded at Yosemite National Park by floodwaters. Twenty-two counties in Northern California declared disaster areas. Hundreds of people forced from their homes and thousands left without power. Major roads, including Interstate 5, Highway 50, Interstate 80 and Highway 101, closed in Northern California.

Idaho - Hundreds forced to evacuate because of flooding, including about 100 residents of Pinehurst, airlifted out by the National Guard. U.S. Highway 95, Idaho’s only north-south highway, blocked by mudslides and floods; drivers forced to detour through Oregon and Washington. State of emergency declared in 13 counties covering most of western and North Idaho with $10 million in damage.

Nevada - Sandbags piled outside closed Reno casinos in city’s worst flooding in 40 years. Reno-Tahoe Airport closed by flooding. Westbound Interstate 80 at the California line and most bridges over Truckee River in Reno closed.

Oregon - Flood threat eases. Interstate 5 closed in southern Oregon because of flooding. Some 40,000 customers without long-distance telephone service.

Utah - Record high temperatures recorded overnight, including a low in Salt Lake City of 53.

Washington - Twenty-four of 39 counties in state of emergency. More than 60 homes in Seattle evacuated because of landslides. Thousands of homes without power. Mudslides and flooding close dozens of roads. At least 13 deaths blamed on storms that began Dec. 26.

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