UPDATES: Flooding Closes Roads, Prompts Emergency Response In Moscow-Pullman Area

Flooding in Pullman closed Grand Avenue/SR 27 at Stadium Way, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. CREDIT: Matt Haugen/WSU News
Flooding in Pullman closed Grand Ave/SR 27 at Stadium Way, April 9, 2019. CREDIT: Matt Haugen/WSU News

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UPDATE, April 10, 2019, 10:45 AM:

The flash flooding that inundated parts of Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho Tuesday night has largely receded. Grand Avenue in Pullman reopened as affected businesses began to assess damage.

The National Weather Service says a flood warning remains in effect Wednesday for Paradise Creek in Moscow and Pullman, and the Palouse River through Potlatch, Idaho and Palouse, Washington. Water levels remained near flood stage Wednesday morning but were expected to drop throughout the day to more seasonal levels.

CREDIT: National Weather Service -Spokane

CREDIT: National Weather Service -Spokane

ORIGINAL STORY, April 9, 2019:

Residents of the Palouse region of southeastern Washington and north-central Idaho experienced flood conditions Tuesday. The localized flooding from heavy rain was expected to persist into Wednesday.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Paradise Creek through Moscow, Idaho overflowed its banks, leaving low-lying areas in the city impassable. City officials said Tuesday night a sandbag-filling station had been set up in Rosauers parking lot at 411 South Main Street.

In Pullman, Washington, Grand Avenue at Stadium Way was closed as Missouri Flat Creek and the South Fork Palouse River surpassed flood stage.

Emergency responders remind people not to drive in, walk into or otherwise enter flooded areas.

The National Weather Service in Spokane said the river was expected to remain above the flood stage of 7 feet Tuesday night before receding Wednesday morning. At that stage, minor flooding would occur in low-lying roadways, residences and businesses near rivers and creeks.

The Moscow Pullman Daily News reported that the Palouse River between Palouse, Washington and Potlatch, Idaho was expected to rise Tuesday night into Wednesday:

At 15 feet, extensive flooding of the low-lying areas between Potlatch and Palouse will occur. Flooding will occur at the Lions Club Community Park and Hayton-Greene Park in Palouse at this stage. South River Road will likely be flooded where it crosses the Palouse River at Wellesley Road west of Potlatch. The Potlatch softball and baseball fields will also start to flood.

Emergency personnel in Pullman responded to people trapped in businesses along Grand Avenue.

This is a developing story and will be updated as conditions require.

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