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Weather Service says more rain coming to Palouse this week

Alanna Bagunski, right, helps dig mud and debris off her friend Kylee Gehring’s, left, car on Wednesday after it was flooded on Tuesday night in Pullman. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Alanna Bagunski, right, helps dig mud and debris off her friend Kylee Gehring’s, left, car on Wednesday after it was flooded on Tuesday night in Pullman. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
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PULLMAN – City officials in Pullman say they usually have 12 to 24 hours to prepare for potential flooding.

But they had no such time on Tuesday when a record 1.21 inches of rain fell on ground that was already water-logged and flooded portions of the city.

Deputy Public Works director Clayton Forsmann said it was almost like a flash flood.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported that Moscow received even more rain at 1.42 inches on Tuesday, which also caused some flooding.

The National Weather Service predicts rain to continue through the weekend, but likely at lower amounts.

Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson signed a declaration of emergency for the city on Wednesday, allowing the public works department to quickly access money it needs to repair infrastructure damaged by the excess water.

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