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Flooding possible along Little Spokane River

SPOKANE, Wash. - The National Weather Service in Spokane is warning of flooding this week in the Inland Northwest; some areas could see their highest water levels in 20 years.

A flood watch is in effect for several areas, including the Little Spokane River at Dartford.

The watch for the Little Spokane River is in effect from Tuesday evening through Friday evening.  Flood stage is 6.5 feet; the river could reach that Tuesday evening, cresting at 7.3 feet Thursday morning. The NWS says that would be the highest in 20 years.

The Little Spokane was at 5.1 feet Monday at noon. At 5.7 feet, Pine River Park will flood. At 6.0 feet, backyard and field flooding will occur along Little Spokane and Greenleaf Drives. At 6.5 feet, homeowners could see flooding in homes and basements. If the river reaches eight feet, homes will be inundated and roads in the area may be closed.

With rain in the forecast for the next several days, the National Weather Service urges homeowners in the area to take precautions to protect their homes.

A flood watch is also in effect for the Coeur d'Alene River at Cataldo; Paradise Creek at Moscow; and the St. Joe River at St. Maries.