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Dozens Die As Rain Wreaks Havoc In Rio

Several dozens died - among them eight children - with smashed skulls or smothered under falling mud and trash. Shacks slipped from cliffs. Whole neighborhoods were blocked off, leaving thousands …


Eastern Washington Tallies Damage, Arranges Relief Flood Damage Could Top $120 Million Statewide

With the mud in their living rooms starting to dry, Eastern Washington’s flood-ravaged residents and officials set to putting a dollar figure on the damages and making arrangements for federal …


Flooding Turns N. Idaho Roads Into Dead Ends Next Flood May Be Of Red Ink As Counties Get Repair Bills

Jeff Anderson checks on pumps emptying his father’s front yard Monday at Harbor Island. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review


Floodwaters Begin To Ebb After Taking Toll On Idaho Benewah County Suffers Brunt Of Damage $16 Million Worth

Towns struggle to surface Paul Brebner breaks through ice to get to a family home north of St. Maries on Monday morning. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review


Spokane River Hits Highest Level In Two Decades Hundreds Line Banks, Bridges To Check Out ‘Small Niagara’

Awesome aftermath Spectators turn out in Riverfront Park to watch the Spokane River flow at 38,500 cubic feet per second. The river crested Monday about a foot above flood stage. …


Batt To Add Flood Relief To Tax-Cut Bill

Gov. Phil Batt will ask the Legislature to add an emergency provision to the property-tax-cut legislation he pushed through last year, allowing flood-damaged counties to raise property taxes for emergency …


Cities Treading Water Some Areas Prepare For More Flooding While Others Get First Look At Devastated Homes, Businesses

In deep trouble. Mike Irwin pulls his family ashore after checking his flooded home Sunday in Cataldo, Idaho. “It looks like a war zone with a mudslide mixed in,” he …


Heavy Rains Cause Flooding In Indonesia

Heavy rains caused flooding up to six feet deep in parts of Jakarta on Saturday, immobilizing traffic in the city of 10 million people and stranding residents in mosques, schools …


Floods Push Region To Brink New Snowmelt Raises Water To Record Levels States Of Emergency Declared Across Region; More Flooding Expected As Rivers Crest Today

1. (Flooding at a glance) 2. Kingston, Idaho, resident Tom Rahm and his dog, Endo, help their neighbor evacuate Friday. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review 3. Colfax residents turned out …


Portland Spared; Other Cities Swamped

Ken Cahill rescues Calvin, his father’s cat, from a landslide in Dodson, Ore. Photo by Associated Press


Most Homes Not Insured For Flooding

Flood waters are splashing up against uninsured homes in Washington and Idaho. “I would hazard to guess that most of them didn’t have insurance,” said Les Ruhs, a Colfax agent …


Record Flooding Inundates Homes, Roads In N. Idaho Hundreds Of Residents Evacuate; Others Stranded By Rising Water

1. Houses in Potlatch, Idaho, are engulfed by floodwaters on Friday. Photo by Kristy MacDonald/The Spokesman-Review 2. Cataldo resident Steve Matthews helps position sandbags under the I-90 overpass. Photo by …


‘Mighty Palouse’ No Joke Anymore To Inundated Town Usually Placid Stream Threatened To Engulf Farm Town

1. Randy Proctor rides a personal watercraft down the main street of Palouse on Friday. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Downtown Palouse, including riverfront mobile homes and the road …


Floods, Slides Close Roads; Drivers Told To Use Caution

North Idaho drivers watched as their roads turned into flood zones Thursday. Officials shut down Ramsey Road between Dalton and Prairie avenues as water filled the major Coeur d’Alene thoroughfare. …


Worst Of Flooding Is Over, Forecasters Believe Most Rivers Expected To Crest Or Recede; No New Storms Forecast

Rueben Tiersma, 9, and John Meredith, 11, watch for debris in Tekoa. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review


Waters Rage Across Northwest Worst Flooding In 30 Years Forces Thousands To Flee

The Pacific Northwest’s worst flooding in more than 30 years pushed rivers over their banks and closed highways from Oregon to Western Montana Thursday. Fast-melting snow and days of heavy …


Waters Rage Across Northwest Many Hands Join The Fight Against Mean, Muddy River After Standoff With Fire Officials, Colfax Residents Strengthen Dike With Sandbags

1. Clark Mabbutt passes another sandbag along a chain of volunteers who turned out to shore up a levee threatened by rising water in Colfax. Wash. Photo by Dan McComb/The …


Flooding At A Glance

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Region Battles Raging Deluge Idaho Residents Say Flooding Is Wet, ; But Wild, No Despite Road Closures, Washouts And Mudslides, Residents Say It Was Worse Last November

1. Clark Mabbutt passes another sand bag along a chain of volunteers who turned out to shore up a levy threatened by rising water in Colfax, Wash. Photo by Dan …


15,000 Oregonians Evacuated Floods, Slides Close Hundreds Of Roads; 18 Counties Are Declared Disaster Areas

Spectators in Corvallis, Ore., walk across the Highway 34 bridges, which were closed to vehicles on Thursday. Photo by Associated Press


Town Wades Through Disaster Dayton Calmly Copes With Flooding From Touchet River’s North Fork

1. Mike Herbst braves knee-deep mud to check on his mother’s home at Patit and Cottonwood in Dayton. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review 2. Norm Eaton helps his nephews haul …


Runoff Imperils Crops A Quarter Of Garfield County’s Winter Wheat Damaged

Thirsting for moisture just two years ago, Palouse farmers now wish the rain would stop. “It’s 99 percent runoff,” said Dave Strong, manager of Latah County Grain Growers Inc. in …


Avalanches Keep Two Cross-State Highways Closed Rain, Warmer Temperatures Also Prompt Flood Warnings Around State

Avalanche danger and heavy rainfall kept highways closed Tuesday across the state’s two most heavily traveled Cascade mountain passes, a state Transportation Department spokesman said. And rivers were rising around …


Ice Blocks Trestle Creek, Floods Rv Park More Flooding Expected As Warmer Weather Sends Runoff Into North Idaho Waterways

Idaho Transportation Department crews battled an ice jam that dammed Trestle Creek on Sunday and sent water pouring into a nearby recreational vehicle park. “They removed tons of ice, logs …


Ice Closes I-90 Semis Slide Off Road, Jackknife On Slick Passes

Beware! It’s warmer out there. Warmer temperatures arrives as predicted Monday, causing clush piddles, muddy cars and slick streets in North Idaho. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review


Man Killed In Collision Near Addy

Emergency crews rushed across icy Eastern Washington on Monday evening, dealing with more than 100 accidents, including a lethal two-car wreck in Stevens County. C.W. Miller, 60, of Colville died …


Even Polar Bears Suffer As Cold Grips Midwest

Frosted cattle stand close together for warmth Friday


Cold Shuts Off Heat In Montana Town

A frozen valve shut down Choteau’s natural gas system Thursday night, leaving shivering residents in emergency shelters and huddled by fireplaces and space heaters as temperatures fell to 30 below …


Baby, It’s Cold Outside Some Are Coping Better Than Others With The Below-Zero Temperatures

1. Snow and ice is piled several feet deep at a bus stop on Sprague where Greg Picou waits for a bus to University City. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review …


Heavy Snow In Northern Japan

A severe storm over northern Japan dumped more than 22 inches of snow by Thursday evening and another 40 inches could fall before the storm is over, forecasters said. Some …