Thursday, January 8, 2009

State Road Closures & Flooding Pictures

If you're planning to head to the west side this week, better think twice. Close to 60 sections of roadway are closed across the state, most in Western Washington.

The closures from yesterday in our area are open again (most were in the Palouse area) but all major passes over the Cascades are closed and I-5 remains closed from 11 miles south of Chehalis to about 20 miles south of Olympia due to flooding.

Other closures are in a county-by-county list of road closures at the WSDOT web site.
The main north south rail lines along I-5 are closed at Chehalis due to water over the lines. The Amtrak Cascades have cancelled service today.

KING TV out of Seattle has a slide show of flooding pictures. If you haven't seen enough water yet, here are some more pictures.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

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