March 31, 2012 in News

Flooding reported across region


A flood warning isin effect for much of the Inland Northwest through 11 a.m. Sunday morning as April was expected to pick up where the region’s rainiest March on record left off.

An additional half inch to full inch of rain is expected by Sunday evening, the weather service reported, with the heaviest rainfall expected between I-90 and the Canadian border, according to the National Weather Service.

On Saturday, heavy rains closed roads and caused a mudslide.

In Spokane County, Oregon Road between Spotted Road and Grove Bridge has been closed due to a washout, according to the weather service. In Pend Oreille County, a mudslide on State Route 20 near Usk forced Washington State Patrol to close the highway late Friday, then reduce traffic to one lane.

Weather may also have been a factor in a train derailment reported at 8:42 a.m. near Sandpoint Saturday, though a Bonner County dispatcher could not confirm those reports.

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