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Water over the roadway at numerous locations in parts of Eastern Washington

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Date:  Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Contact: Al Gilson, Communications Manager
WSDOT Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair
Spokane, WA  99207
509-324-6015
gilsona@wsdot.wa.gov

Warm temperatures are melting snow across eastern Washington and causing flooding in many areas. WSDOT crews report water over highway surfaces at many locations across the Inland Northwest. Drivers need to exercise extreme caution when encountering water over the roadway. Conditions change rapidly, drivers should watch for areas of water over the roadway and be prepared to stop or take a detour. Do not attempt to drive through standing water.

The Spokane County Emergency Management Department offers this information regarding water over the roadway:

• Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
• A foot of water will float many vehicles.
• Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.
• Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could become stranded or trapped.
• Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
• Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Although there is water and/or mud at many locations, as of 3 p.m. on February 12, only two closures are in effect:

SR 23 is closed between the Interstate 90 and St. John. Also, SR 231 is closed from Interstate 90 to US 2 near Reardan.

Conditions change rapidly, for the latest in State Highway conditions and updates on the highway closures noted above, go to our travel alert website.


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