Heavy rainfall causing standing water on roadways

Heavy rainfall caused major flooding throughout the Inland Northwest Thursday evening.

The City of Spokane issued a warning of standing water on roadways. Motorists were asked to slow down and use caution while driving.

Standing water everywhere! Motorists need to slow down, and use extreme caution. City Wastewater crews are out, but the volume of water will take time to clear. #WhatARainStorm #SpokaneStreets

— City of Spokane (@SpokaneCity) May 17, 2019

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Spokane through 6:00 p.m. Thursday. The NWS warned of torrential rain, reduced visibility and ponding on the roadway.

Flood Warning for #Spokane until 6PM Thu. Be ready for torrential rain, reduced visibility, and ponding on the roadway. A wet evening commute! #WAWX pic.twitter.com/ktSqwJEAjB

— NWS Spokane (@NWSSpokane) May 17, 2019

As of 6:05 p.m., Avista reported 1,000 people were without power. In Spokane Valley, 3,000 customers with Vera Water and Power were without power.

Flood watches and warnings were also issued for several other cities across the Inland Northwest. NWS said Coeur d’Alene may see heavy rain and urban flooding up until 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

Douglas and northern Grant Counties were issued a flood warning through 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Calf-height flooding. (1) @kxly4news pic.twitter.com/mbGlqvSNaS

— Nikki Torres KXLY (@NikkiKXLY) May 17, 2019

Creeks and stream will continue to rise throughout the night. KXLY4 Meterologist Mark Peterson warned that conditions may present a higher risk of mudslides.

Friday will bring more wet weather, but Saturday will be dry.

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Heavy rainfall causing standing water on roadways

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