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Spokane County reopens multiple roads but remains in state of emergency with more rain on way

Rushing water over loaded this culvert on Elder Road just west of Darknell Rd. And torn through the roadway south of Spokane near Highway 27, shown Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017.  TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Rushing water over loaded this culvert on Elder Road just west of Darknell Rd. And torn through the roadway south of Spokane near Highway 27, shown Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane County road crews reopened multiple roads Sunday after closing more than a dozen due to flooding and road washouts caused by a week of heavy rain.

In northern Spokane County three roads have reopened, while four have reopened in the southeast, one in the west, and three in the area of Spokane Valley, Mount Spokane and Liberty Lake, the county announced in a news release Sunday.

They are:

  • Dunn Road from Woolard Road to Big Meadows Road
  • Randall Road at Madison Road intersection
  • Madison Road from Sillman Road to Randall Road
  • Roberts Road from the Waverly Cut Off Road to Kelso Road
  • Cheney-Plaza Road between Patterson Road and Wells Road
  • Palouse Road (just north of Fairfield) between Jackson Road and state Highway 27
  • Stoughton Road between Larkin Road to Darknell Road
  • Mt. Carlton Road from Highway 206 to Feehan Road
  • Judkins Road from Forker Road to Morrison Road
  • Spokane Bridge Road from Appleway to Pleasant View Road (at Idaho border)

More than a dozen roads remain closed. Even more are under watch for flooding, either with small sections of the road washed out or with standing water in some areas.

Rain returned Saturday after a dry Friday, but precipitation was low in most areas Sunday. A system is expected to move in late Sunday, bringing about an inch of rain by early Tuesday, said National Weather Service forecasters.

The weather service warns of flooding risks for small streams and areas with poor drainage.

Already, this month’s rainfall is the sixth-highest on record for February and the highest overall in the first 18 days of the month.

Spokane County remains in a state of emergency, announced Thursday, which gives the opportunity to ask for federal dollars to help offset costs.

Staff writer Nina Culver contributed to this report.


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