Friday, January 9, 2009

Major flooding cuts off Portland from Seattle

Rain-swollen rivers have inundated highways and farms, towns and parks in western Washington, shutting down traffic on a 20-mile stretch of heavily traveled Interstate 5 between Seattle and Oregon and threatening the federal roadway north of Seattle.

"If you're trying to do commerce between Portland [Oregon] and Seattle, there is no way right now," said Bob Calkins, a spokesman for the Washington State Emergency Operations Center in Camp Murray near Tacoma.

Be careful out there, folks. Don't drive into water that's covering a roadway - you don't know how deep it is, and it only takes a few inches to float a car.