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Flood advisory issued for north Whitman County

Mon., March 16, 2009, 10:14 a.m.

The National Weather Service this morning issued a flood advisory for northern Whitman County after rain and snow melt caused water levels to rise along creeks and streams.

The state Department of Transportation at mid-morning reopened state Highway 27 at Pine Creek south of Tekoa after water from the creek slopped over travel lanes near a bridge between Tekoa and Oakesdale.

The weather service said that the northern part of the county had received about a half inch of rain over the weekend, and that the ground was either saturated or partially frozen, limiting its ability to absorb the water. The advisory is in effect until 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Spokane International Airport this morning reported .25 inches of precipitation for the past 48 hours.

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