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By Andrew Christiansen

Flash flood knocks out stretches of railway and Highway 14


Andrew Christiansen

OVERFLOW: A huge volume of water channeled into draws overwhelming culverts. Work crews begin repaving a section of SR14 where a basin was filled to about 50 feet deep until it overflowed the highway, damaging the guardrail and buckling the asphalt. The culvert seen at the lower right, above, was not plugged and was scoured clean by the deluge.

Highway 14 was open for business again Monday evening after Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews cleared mud and debris from the road and repaved washed out portions following Saturday night’s flash flood. The flood and mud swept across and under the road and railroad, halting traffic on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad and the state highway. The railroad was running again early Monday morning, but road repairs kept SR14 blocked between Roosevelt and Alderdale until 7:25 p.m. Monday night. It will take more work to repair damage to the roadside.

Alderdale Fire Department chief, Pete Mercer said he first got the call from the Sheriff’s dispatcher...

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