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Tuesday, September 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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UK military drafted in to prevent dam collapse

A British military helicopter dropped sandbags Friday to shore up a reservoir wall as emergency services worked frantically to prevent a rain-damaged dam from collapsing.


78 dead in Nepal as flooding wreaks havoc in South Asia

Monsoon flooding and landslides continued to cause havoc in South Asia on Tuesday, with the death toll rising to 78 in Nepal and authorities in neighboring northeastern India battling to …


Millions of gallons of untreated runoff entered the Spokane River after major May rainstorm, report says

Twenty minutes of intense rain inundated the city’s subterranean stormwater retention system, sending millions of gallons of untreated stormwater runoff and sewage to flow directly into the Spokane River.


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 4:14 p.m.

‘A floodier future’: Scientists say records will be broken

Federal scientists predict 40 places in the U.S. will experience higher than normal rates of so-called sunny day flooding this year due to rising sea levels and an abnormal El …


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 4:16 p.m.

New Orleans frets about more flooding, possible hurricane

A storm swamped streets in New Orleans and prompted a tornado warning near the city Wednesday as concerns grew that even worse weather, including a possible hurricane, could strike Louisiana …


Rains strand Washington drivers, flood White House basement

A slow-moving rainstorm Monday washed out roads, stranded drivers and soaked basements, including the White House’s, during a chaotic morning commute in the national capital region.


Flood damage at least $2 billion for Mississippi River towns

Repairs and cleanup following the prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion, an advocacy group for river communities said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 6:55 p.m.

Tornados in Texas, flooding in Northeast, 200,000 without power

Potent thunderstorms have been blamed for one death and left more than 200,000 people without power across the southern United States – and fierce winds are expected to wallop parts …


Record flooding causes levee breach in western Arkansas

A levee breached Friday along the Arkansas River, prompting a flash flood warning and evacuation of a rural area in western Arkansas.


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 9:37 p.m.

Bodies in submerged Missouri vehicle bring storm toll to 9

The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered Friday in a submerged vehicle near the Mississippi River in Missouri, bringing the death toll to nine from storms that …


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 7:21 p.m.

Cloudburst ruptures Spokesman-Review drain pipe and floods pressroom with thousands of gallons of water

The cloudburst Thursday afternoon that turned Spokane’s downtown streets into gushing rivers, also created havoc at the massive presses that print The Spokesman-Review newspaper.


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

Rain keeps falling Friday as city tries to clean up after downpour

Rain continued falling Friday as Spokane tried to dry out from storms that flooded downtown businesses and damaged streets during Thursday’s evening commute. A National Weather Service meteorologist said reports …


House passes $19B disaster aid bill over Trump opposition

The House on Friday passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would deliver long-sought relief to farmers, victims of hurricanes and floods, and rebuild southern military bases, as Democrats …


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

Four killed in Midwest flooding; roads closed, levees strained

The latest round of Midwestern flooding claimed at least four lives, closed hundreds of roads and forced residents of river towns to shore up threatened levees with sandbags as waters …


UPDATED: Sat., April 27, 2019, 11:26 a.m.

Flooding feared in Mozambique after Cyclone Kenneth; 5 dead

Mozambique’s government urged many people to immediately seek higher ground on Saturday in the wake of Cyclone Kenneth, fearing flooding and mudslides in the days ahead as heavy rain lashed …


Storms sweep across the South, killing 6 and injuring dozens

Powerful storms swept across the South on Sunday after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least six people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Three …


Weather Service says more rain coming to Palouse this week

City officials in Pullman say they usually have 12 to 24 hours to prepare for potential flooding.


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Paradise Creek floods homes on the Palouse

Paradise Creek has reached flood stage in Moscow and homes are beginning to flood.


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 7:12 p.m.

Storm to hit Rockies before forming new ‘bomb cyclone’

Flood, snow, avalanche and fire alerts popped up Monday from Idaho to Colorado, as parts of the U.S. interior that were paralyzed by blizzards and floods last month braced for …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 1:44 p.m.

For some river towns, flood protection is simply too costly

The window of the Bee Naturals bath-and-body shop offers a view out of a Mark Twain novel: The sprawling Mississippi River at one of its widest points lapping against a …


3 Midwest states demand more power over river after floods

Three Midwestern Republican governors of states ravaged by recent flooding on Wednesday demanded more authority over management of the Missouri River system.


Creeping floodwaters threaten National Mall’s cherry blossoms

Washington, D.C.’s cherry blossom season has gone well this year, thanks to warm weather that has coincided perfectly with the annual blooming that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each …


More rain causes new flood worries along the Mississippi

A wall of rocks and sandbags on Monday protected scenic Clarksville, Missouri, from the surging Mississippi River as spring flooding swamped fields, threatened homes and temporarily shut down a bridge …


UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019, 8:41 p.m.

Experts warn Midwest flood risk may persist for months

Even as floodwaters receded in hard-hit places in in the Midwest, experts warned Saturday that with plenty of snow still left to melt in northern states, the relief may only …


Midwest flooding costs increasing, with $1.6B damage in Iowa

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday that recent flooding in the state has caused an estimated $1.6 billion in damage, pushing the total costs from the devastating Midwest flooding to …


Flooded Iowa communities surviving with trucked-in water

As some communities along the Missouri River start to shift their focus to flood recovery after a late-winter storm, residents in two Iowa cities are stuck in crisis mode after …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 6:52 p.m.

Floodwaters threaten millions in crop and livestock losses

Farmer Jeff Jorgenson looks out over 750 acres of cropland submerged beneath the swollen Missouri River, and he knows he probably won’t plant this year.


Homes flood as Missouri River overtops, breaches levees

Hundreds of homes have flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt.


More evacuations in Midwest as floodwaters head downstream

Residents in parts of southwestern Iowa were forced out of their homes Sunday as a torrent of Missouri River water flowed over and through levees.


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Authorities direct rescues, evacuations as floodwaters breach levees in Midwest

Authorities were using boats and large vehicles on Saturday to rescue and evacuate residents in parts of the Midwest where a recent deluge of rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring …