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Rains Flood Western Washington

Jan 5, 2015

Officials are still assessing the damage Monday after heavy weekend rains caused flooding throughout much of Western Washington.

About a dozen rivers are at varying degrees of flood stage up and down the Washington coast.

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, debris and mudslides have closed several roads, including Highway 101 in Pacific and Grays Harbor Counties.

Officials say it appears some homes in the South Bend area were flooded as well as the community’s elementary school.

A landslide in Hoquiam damaged several homes.

WSDOT

Oregon's Department of Geology put all of western Oregon on notice for increased potential of landslides Monday. Across the Columbia River, state geologists in Washington reclassified Pacific and Clark counties to "high hazard" for landslides.

Randy Hoodenpyl

Heavy rains and high winds are making it hard to get around parts of western Washington and northwest Oregon this afternoon. Flood watches and warnings are in effect across a wide area of the Northwest. At least half a dozen mudslides have blocked highways and rail lines since this morning.

National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center

Rain may be in the forecast for much of the region tonight and tomorrow, but the Northwest is in for a drier than normal winter. That's according to an updated long-term forecast released Thursday by the National Weather Service.

Satellite image courtesy National Weather Service

The streak of dry weather in much of the Northwest is about to come to a soggy end. A weather system fueled by subtropical moisture is bearing down on the region.

Chris Phan / Flickr

Northwesterners heading out for the Labor Day weekend have a pretty good chance of staying dry. The region is in the midst of one of the driest streaks on record. And there's little chance of that changing soon.

Collecting rainwater can get you in legal trouble in Oregon. A court has sentenced a southern Oregon man to 30 days in jail, and a fine, for maintaining 3 illegal reservoirs on his property. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.