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Martha Lou Wheatley-Billeter, MPA
Public Works Information and Outreach Manager
Office: 509-477-7195

Washouts Trigger Countywide State of Emergency

SPOKANE COUNTY, February 16, 2017 – Warmer temperatures and a rapid thaw have combined with continuing rain showers to swell rivers and streams to overflowing.  A series of road closures due to washouts led the Spokane County Public Works Director/County Engineer to request a countywide declaration of a State of Emergency by the Board of County Commissioners, effective at 6:00 a.m. today.  The Board immediately approved the declaration.  The declaration of an emergency will allow the Public Works Department to acquire emergency supplies and equipment to mitigate the flood damage to roads and bridges, primarily in the southeast and northern quadrants of the county.

Road Closures, Washouts, Water Over Road
DISTRICT 1 (northern Spokane County)
CLOSURE:    Randall Rd at Madison Rd, intersection
Detour:            Madison Rd to Sillman Rd; and Randall Rd to Sillman Rd.
DISTRICT 2 (Valley and southeast Spokane County)
CLOSURE:    Harvard Road between Elder Rd and Stringham Rd.
Detour:            Stringham Rd to Molter Rd to Elder Rd
CLOSURE:    Stoughton Road between Larkin Rd to Darknell Rd.
Detour:            Madison Rd to Palouse Hwy to Darknell Rd.
CLOSURE:    Chapman Road, from 14711 S. Chapman Rd to Hwy. 27
Detour:            None – only one residence on road
CLOSURE:    Roberts Road from the Waverly Cut Off Road to Kelso Rd
Detour:            None in place at this time
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