Rain, Floods Threaten Washington State:  Emergency Declared

SEATTLE (AP) _ The National Weather Service says it expects severe flooding for several Western Washington rivers: the Snoqualmie near Carnation, the Skykomish near Gold Bar, the Snohomish in Snohomish, the Stillaguamish at Arlington and Granite Falls, the Carbon near Fairfax, the Skagit near Mount Vernon, and the Cowlitz River in Packwood and Randle.

The Naches River in the Yakima Valley is nearing flood stage, prompting a Flood Warning through Tuesday afternoon.  Near Cliffdell, minor flooding is forecast.

Naches River

FLOOD STAGE:  31.0 feet

Mon. 12:30pm Reading:  28.7 feet

Missing Hunter

A hunter is missing at Packwood after his vehicle was swept away in the Cowlitz River. The Lewis County sheriff's office says he was one of dozens of elk hunters being evacuated Monday. He drove on a riverbank that gave way. The Packwood and Randle fire departments evacuated more than 200 hunters from more than 60 hunting camps near the Cowlitz River. Four stranded hunters were found on a Forest Service road.  A shelter has been opened at the Four Square Church in Packwood. About 200 people have been evacuated from homes in the area. Flooded Roadways

Heavy rains, river and stream flooding have put water across roads and highways in many parts of Washington. The Transportation Department reminds drivers not to try to drive through high water. Cars stranded in floodwaters are a leading cause of drowning. Seattle on alert

The city of Seattle has implemented its Urban Flood Response Plan. Extra work crews are monitoring lowland areas prone to flooding. Whatcom County emergency

Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen has declared an emergency in Whatcom County to deal with flooding caused by heavy rains. Some Schools Closed

Some Western Washington schools closed Monday because of concerns about flooded roads. The Lake Quinault School District sent students home at ten. Raymond schools and the Hood Canal School near Shelton closed at eleven. Sea-Tac garage problem

High water over a road has blocked the north entrance to the parking garage at Sea-Tac Airport. Spokesman Bob Parker says this includes the car rental return lane. Parker says drivers will have to use the south entrance to the airport parking garage (at 182nd and International Boulevard). Time to head for high ground

Gray Harbor fire district officials are encouraging farmers to move their animals to higher ground because of flooding on the Satsop and Chehalis rivers. Evacuations near Granite Falls

Fire department rescuers evacuated residents of six homes along the Stillaguamish River in the community of Robe, on the Mountain Loop Highway east of Granite Falls.

Snoqualmie Pass Flooding

7.5" of rain has fallen since 1:00pm on Sunday, causing areas of running water and ponding on roadways.  Several locations along the I-90 Corridor in the Snoqualmie Pass vicinity are affected.

From milepost 34 to milepost 70, drivers are asked to use caution.  Water and debris have built up along the roadway and blocking the two right lanes at milepost 45.  Westbound traffic is being directed around to the left but drivers can expect to be backed up two to three miles.

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