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Updated: Numerous fallen trees blocking SR 706 between Elbe and Mount Rainier National Park

Post by Stephanie A. Clark on Dec. 18, 2010 at 7:52 am with 3 Comments »
December 18, 2010 12:53 pm

The WSDOT said numerous downed trees are being reported across the roadway on State Route 705 Saturday morning. The trees are blocking the highway from mileposts 0 to 13.64.

WSDOT maintenance crews have been on the scene since 7 a.m. Access is available for emergency responders, but all other drivers should avoid this area if possible as there is no detour available nearby. It is unknown when the area will be cleared.

9:20 A.M. UPDATE: WSDOT maintenance crews are still on the scene. Downed trees remain, but a single lane has reopened on SR 706 with areas that allow for alternating, one-way traffic to pass.

12:15 P.M. UPDATE: All lanes are now open. Utility crews are flagging traffic at 238th Street near Elbe, where power lines are being repaired. Drivers can expect minor delays there.

A high wind warning was issued for the Cascade foothills of King and Pierce counties, with gusts up to 65 mph, by the National Weather Service Friday evening.

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  1. nancylawton says:

    I live in Ashford and work in Mineral. On my way to work this morning I saw the downed trees but they had been cleared off the road. It looks like it may take awhile to get our electricity back, but driving is fine.

  2. Hey! The trees were there first! Let’s take their feelings into consideration and cut up the cars instead.

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