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How area flooding has affected some locals' daily lives

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CONNELL, WA - We're all glad that it's starting to warm up around here, but all this warm weather doesn't come without its own challenges.

A large part of eastern Washington is experiencing minor and major flooding, thanks to all the rain and melting snow. Reporter Kristina Shalhoup met with one man who showed her the difference all this extra water can make.

"About five to six times a week," that's how often resident Steve Thavone's workouts take him running through the back roads of Connell. But now, Thavone finds himself in need of a detour from his normal route because of all the flooding that's washed away one of the smaller, gravel roads behind the Lamb Weston building, just minutes away from Columbia Avenue, another area of Connell that experienced heavy flooding.

"Last time I saw this road was just a couple days back before the rain," Thavone said.

A couple days, back when it was hardly giving off enough water to fill a drainage pipe.

"For this to be happening, it's not really normal," said Thavone. "It gets kinda scary when there's too much water!"

Yesterday, when Thavone went out for his normal run, he saw just how much more water a creek had taken on, and even between yesterday and today, he saw that it looks...

"...similar. A little bit worse."

Luckily, when Kristina asked Lamb Weston if they had felt the effects of the flooding, they told her that they hadn't experienced any problems.

We're hoping, with some snow still left to melt, that it stays that way.

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