Flooding And High Water Continues In Palouse Region
UPDATED Tuesday 10:20 AM: Area streams and rivers are now receding, although a flood warning continues for the Palouse River near Potlatch.
UPDATED Tuesday 5:55 AM: Flood warning continues for the Palouse River near Potlatch, and also for urban areas and small streams.
UPDATED Wednesday 10:15 PM: The flood warning has been canceled for the Palouse River (South Fork) at Pullman, but remains in effect for the Palouse River near Potlatch. See updated NWS statement at the end of this post.
Wednesday 8:30 PM: The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Palouse region of north Idaho and Washington after heavy rains fell Sunday and Monday. Small streams are at risk of overflowing.
Like many parts of the Palouse region of Idaho and Washington, the college community of Moscow, Idaho, is experiencing its share of rising waters and even flooding.
Paradise creek runs alongside the University of Idaho campus and even through it in spots. It is usually quiet and more sedate than it is now, powered as it is by early spring rains and snow run-off.
Other parts of the region are also experiencing high water, and sandbags are being deployed by public officials and local residents to keep the water at bay.
Moscow Mayor Nancy Cheney has put the city on flood alert for the next week.
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UPDATED STATEMENT FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:
FLOOD STATEMENTNATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPOKANE, WA1002 PM PDT MON MAR 26 2012 ...THE FLOOD WARNING IS CANCELLED FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS INWASHINGTON... S FK PALOUSE RIVER AT PULLMAN AFFECTING WHITMAN COUNTY ...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN IDAHO...WASHINGTON... PALOUSE RIVER NEAR POTLATCH AFFECTING LATAH AND WHITMAN COUNTIES ...PERSISTENT HEAVY RAIN COMBINED WITH MELTING SNOW HAS LEDRISES ON THE PALOUSE RIVER. MODERATE FLOODING IS EXPECTED ON THEPALOUSE RIVER NEAR POTLATCH... PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... NEVER DRIVE CARS...TRUCKS OR SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES THROUGH FLOODEDAREAS. THE WATER MAY BE TOO DEEP TO ALLOW FOR SAFE PASSAGE. AS LITTLEAS ONE FOOT OF WATER ON THE ROAD CAN MOVE MOST VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD.