Northwest

Heavy rains bring landslides, flooding to Washington state

SEATTLE (AP) - After a week of snow and heavy rains, landslides are covering roads around Seattle, while in Spokane County a state of emergency has been declared for flooding and washed out roadways.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 90 were closed early Thursday after a mudslide covered the road east of Seattle in Issaquah. One lane was reopened and remained open Thursday afternoon.

Commuter trains into Seattle were canceled due to slides while another slide near Renton blocked part of Maple Valley Highway near Interstate 405.

The National Weather Service in Seattle says over 7 inches of rain has fallen in the Seattle area this month. Typically in February the city gets just under 2 inches.

Spokane County officials declared a state of emergency for flooding that washed out five area roads.


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