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Flood warning extended on Puyallup River, Hwy 2 at Stevens Pass closed

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 31, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
March 31, 2011 2:50 pm

The National Weather Service has extended its flood warning for the Puyallup River above Orting to Friday morning.

Minor flooding is forecast on the river, which was flowing at 2,782 cubic feet per second this morning. Flood flow measures at 4,500 cubic feet per second.

The Puyallup River is expected to overflow about 5 p.m. and rise to 4,700 cubic feet per second about 11 p.m. before falling back below the flood level Friday morning.

Areas that could be impacted by the slight flooding include Neadham Road, Orville Road East south of Brooks Road East and north of Electron Road and the Tomolla Tree Farm area.

Aside from flood warnings, the storm also caused a snowslide on Highway 2 at Stevens Pass, indefinitely closing the highway.

The state Department of Transportation doesn’t know how long it will take to reopen the highway, which closed at 5 a.m. at the pass after the slide dumped 15 feet of snow across the lanes.

Crews will likely need to use explosives for avalanche control work before Highway 2 reopens.

In the meantime, drivers are recommended to use Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass.

The lowlands could see occasional rain this afternoon with a west wind about 14 mph.

Forecasters say Friday should be partly sunny with a high near 57 but showers could return Saturday.

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