Rain and snow cause avalanches, flooding in Washington state

Rain and snow cause avalanches, flooding in Washington state


One of the main roads between Seattle and Eastern Washington remained closed Saturday after a week of heavy rain and snow caused widespread flooding and avalanches that left at least one person missing.

A 72-year-old man never returned after leaving his residence to move his car to higher ground on Friday morning west of Olympia, Washington, in Cosmopolis, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

The man’s home was on a flooded road and authorities believed his car was swept into floodwaters down a steep bank next to his driveway.

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In Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood, firefighters rescued a man who was trapped in his basement after his home slid down a hillside, Fox 13 reported. A woman escaped on her own while one dog died and another

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