Floods close western Washington school districts, prompt rescues


BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say three people were rescued Monday morning after their vehicles became submerged in floodwaters along the Skykomish River near Monroe, Washington.

The incident unfolded just before 6 a.m. when authorities say the occupants of a car and truck ignored warnings and tried driving through water over the roadway. Both vehicles became disabled after entering the flood zone, trapping two occupants of the truck and the single occupant of the car.

One of the vehicles was swept off the road by the surging floodwaters. Crews responded to the scene and used an inflatable boat to reach the victims and get them to safety.

There were no injuries.

Flooded roads also closed some U.S.-Canada border crossings in Washington state.

KOMO reports the main Blaine border crossing on Interstate 5 remains open, but border crossings were closed Sunday at Sumas and Lynden. Flooding and concerns over the effects from weekend heavy rains also caused several school districts in Washington state to cancel classes Monday.

A flood watch for western Washington has ended, but the National Weather Service says a handful of rivers remain above flood stage.