Stories tagged: Flooding
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 4:51 p.m.
California dam spillway water shut off to clear debris
California water authorities stopped the flow of water down the Oroville Dam’s crippled spillway Monday, allowing workers to start clearing out massive debris that’s blocking a hydroelectric plant from working.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Spokane County’s damage from flooding may reach $1 million
Spokane County is no longer in a state of emergency, officials said Friday, but the total cost of repairing flood-damaged roads may climb to $1 million – far more than …
Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 10:17 a.m.
Thousands return home as flood waters recede in California
Thousands of people evacuated from a flood in San Jose, California, returned home Thursday amid warnings to be careful about hygiene and handling food that may have come into contact …
Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 9:13 a.m.
Moses Lake, Potholes at unusually high levels
The water level in Moses Lake and Potholes Reservoir is so high right now that local officials are having to release water just to hold the level steady. “It’s higher …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 8:46 p.m.
San Jose mayor admits failures in flood evacuation order
The mayor of San Jose acknowledged that the city failed to properly notify residents to evacuate during a flood emergency early Wednesday when some people said they got their first …
Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Storm brings record rainfall, gusts up to 199 mph and flooding to Northern California
Northern California was battered by another atmospheric river that produced record rainfall and wind gusts that reached 199 mph. The dramatic gusts were recorded high in the Sierra Nevada, where …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Skies expected to dry up for a few days
Spokane’s dreary winter continued Tuesday, with new snow and rain making this month the second wettest February in Spokane on record.
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Oroville dam holding steady below flood control stage
Lake Oroville water levels have fallen below 850 feet, the flood control stage that officials normally want to keep the lake below this time of year, state figures show. In …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 11:09 p.m.
Evacuations ordered amid heavy Northern California rain
Evacuations were ordered in Northern California on Monday and flash-flood warnings were issued elsewhere as downpours swelled creeks and rivers to potentially dangerous levels in the already soggy region.
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 6:54 p.m.
Spokane County reopens multiple roads but remains in state of emergency with more rain on way
Spokane County reopened multiple roads Sunday after closing more than a dozen due to flooding and washouts caused by a week of heavy rain.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 9:13 p.m.
Spokane County closes additional roads due to flooding
Spokane County road crews closed two additional roads Saturday as they continue to deal with flooding and road washouts brought on by this week’s heavy rain.
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 6 a.m.
Pothole repairs will have to wait until flooding recedes for Spokane County crews
Potholes aren’t high on the to-do list with road crews trying to save rural roads from destruction by flooding.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
More rain coming this weekend
Batten down the hatches and keep the bailing buckets handy – the National Weather Service in Spokane is calling for another inch of rain by Tuesday.
Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 12:23 p.m.
If California dam failed, people likely would be stuck
Communities just downstream of California’s Lake Oroville dam would not receive adequate warning or time for evacuations if the 770-foot-tall dam itself – rather than its spillways – were to …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 8:10 p.m.
1 dead, others stranded as storm lashes California
A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and electrocuted a man, stranded others in flooded areas and …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 9:31 p.m.
Water level falls on Latah Creek, but many Spokane County roads closed by flooding
For Neil Jordan, 6 inches would have made all the difference. “We’re talking 6 inches lower and I wouldn’t have a problem,” said the Colbert resident Friday, while gesturing toward …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 3:17 p.m.
Latah Creek expected to flood today; weather service issues flood warning for Spokane region
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Latah Creek and Latah area south of Spokane. The river is currently at 7.97 feet and flood stage is …
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 1:18 p.m.
California officials rush to drain lake before new storms
Officials scrambled Wednesday to drain more water from a lake behind battered Oroville Dam before new storms hit Northern California and test the quick repairs made after water cascaded down …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 7:34 p.m.
Evacuation order lifted for nearly 200,000 Californians
Nearly 200,000 Northern Californians who live downstream of the country’s tallest dam were allowed to return home Tuesday after two nights of uncertainty, but they were warned they may have …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 6:27 p.m.
Flooding closes Oregon’s coastal highway; other areas hit
Flooding closed Oregon’s coastal highway on Thursday, while landslides hit some areas in Portland amid unrelenting rain.
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 6:24 p.m.
Nevada county declares emergency after earthen dam fails
A rural northeast Nevada county declared a state of emergency Thursday after an earthen dam failed, releasing fast-moving water that forced trains to reroute and closed part of a washed …
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 2:48 p.m.
How L.A. went from bone-dry to 216 percent above average rainfall in four months
According to the latest federal maps, Southern California is still in a drought. But the dry conditions that have mired the region for more than five years have definitely shifted …
UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, 10 p.m.
Southern California pounded by intense storm and flooding
The third and most powerful in a series of storms pounded Southern California on Sunday, dropping nearly 4 inches of rain south of Los Angeles, flooding freeways and raising concerns …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 9:29 a.m.
Montana officials warn of ice jams, flooding
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is warning that heavy ice on waterways could break apart in some areas, possibly causing ice jams and flooding.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 10:28 p.m.
Rising temperatures could cause flooding next week
Plows dug deeper into residential areas on Thursday with Browne’s Addition getting a visit from crews. An order to move vehicles off streets during plowing in Browne’s Addition resulted in …
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 7:44 a.m.
Small tornado touches down as storm wallops California
A small tornado was whipped up as part of a powerful band of thunderstorms that moved through Northern California during the latest deluge that has downed trees, swollen rivers and …
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, 8:11 p.m.
Wine country is among areas hit hard by storms in California
Emergency crews in rescue boats and helicopters rushed to take advantage of a one-day break between storms Monday to rescue stranded people and assess damage after the heaviest rain in …
Thu., Jan. 5, 2017, 4:24 p.m.
California braces for ‘once-in-10-year’ storm amid fears of flooding, avalanches, blizzards
Sierra travelers trapped by back-to-back storms that dropped more than 2 feet of snow have a brief window to pass, before the arrival of a weather system Saturday so wet …
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, 2:24 p.m.
Extreme rainfall risks could increase under climate change, scientists warn
U.S. residents may want to start preparing for a stormier future, scientists say. According to a new study, future climate change could cause an increase in extreme precipitation events throughout …
Sat., Nov. 26, 2016, 7:29 p.m.
Four months after flooding, Maryland town of Ellicott City reopens
Four months after flooding devastated the historic Maryland town of Ellicott City, its downtown has officially reopened.