Spokane County Flood Warnings, Road Closures

washout along Harvard Road

Washed out roads, cracks, and standing water are just some of the worries that had the Spokane County Public Works Director request a county wide state of emergency at 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

"We've experienced a considerable amount of run off, rain on snow the warm temperatures caused the closure of five roads," said Mitchell Reister Spokane County Public Works Director.

In south Spokane County, four roads are closed: Harvard Road between Elder and Stringham Road, Stoughton Road between Larkin and Darknell Road, Chapman Road to Highway 27 and Roberts Road from the Waverly cut off Road to Kelso Road are also both closed.

County crews are checking these roads and others that may have been impacted by the flooding.

"Right now we are kind of in an assessment mode," said Reister.

The amount of damage that has been caused by the flooding is still unknown at this time but the county is saying it could be several hundred thousand dollars in damage.

The assessment does not include anything for private property damage, businesses, or cities impacted by the flooding.  

Flood Warning: Through Friday for Spokane (Hangman Creek), Latah (Palouse River)  and Whitman (Paradise creek) Counties. Rain, snowmelt, and Ice Jams may cause flooding on rivers and urban areas. Extremely cold waters and high waters can push logs and large debris into the river, increasing danger to people and boats. NEVER drive your vehicle through flooded areas. As little as one foot of water on the road can move most vehicles off the road.

Friday: Looks to be our one break in an otherwise very active pattern. We will see areas of morning fog, otherwise Partly sunny skies with temps in the low 40s. 43°

Tonight: Mostly cloudy skies with showers developing by early Saturday morning. 30°

Saturday: A passing cold front on Friday will cool us enough that rain/snow mix showers will be possible on Saturday, maybe even just snow by Saturday night. Little to NO accumulations are expected at this time. Temps in the mid-upper 40s.

7 Day Forecast: The roller coast continues! There will be a chance of rain showers each day through Wednesday. Maybe even a little bit of snow during the overnights depending on timing/temperatures!

FULL WEATHER FORECAST: http://www.khq.com/weather

(story and photo: KHQ.com)

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