Al Gilson, communications, 509-324-6015
SPOKANE – A snowy, wet winter has continued into early spring, bringing flooded roads and mudslides to many locations. A section of State Route 31 just south of Metaline will remain closed until conditions improve, as will a portion of US 395 just north of Colville due to water flow across the roadway.
There have been multiple slides along the section of SR 31 since the Washington State Department of Transportation closed it Thursday, March 16. Melting snow pack and record rainfall have saturated a high bank of clay soil above the roadway. The highway will remain closed until the threat of further slides has passed. Drivers can continue to use Sullivan Lake Road as a detour for passenger vehicles, although it is under seasonal weight restrictions.
On US 395 just north of Colville, Mill Creek continues to flow across the highway. WSDOT is working with other agencies to develop options to alleviate the situation. A detour is available via Williams Lake Road and Spanish Prairie Road.
The National Weather Service continues to post hazardous-weather outlooks and flood warnings for northeast Washington, making it uncertain when conditions will improve. WSDOT will only reopen the highways once it is determined that they are safe for motorists.