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New storm could bring another inch of rain, possible flooding

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Oct. 29, 2012 at 9:19 am with No Comments »
October 29, 2012 9:20 am

Heavy rains are expected to keep pelting the region this week, bringing an inch or so in the next two days and possibly flooding a section of the Puyallup River.

“The faucet’s been turned back on,” National Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg said.

Showers will continue through most of today, accompanied by 10 to 15 mile per hour winds. The high is 60.

A new system is supposed to hit Tuesday and last through Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters said Tacoma could see an inch of precipitation. Mountain areas – like Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park – could receive 2 to 4 inches. The Olympic Mountains should get the brunt of the storm.

“This one that’s coming in will have a little more of a moisture punch,” Burg said.

Some streets could flood as water flows into storm drains already clogged with leaves. Pierce County officials are monitoring the Puyallup River near Orting to ensure the water doesn’t rise over the banks. The Weather Service issued a flood warning for that section of the river today.

Showers should remain steady until Friday, when there could be a respite until the rain returns Saturday.

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