spokane flooding

Spokane mayor declares emergency closure of Spokane River

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Spokane Mayor David Condon has declared an emergency closing of the raging Spokane River through the city because of high water levels fueled by a very wet winter.The National Weather Service predicts the river will likely crest Tuesday night at nearly 43,000 cubic feet per second. Water levels are expected to remain above flood stage into next week.Condon wants people to stay out of the fast and cold river.

Minor flooding in Spokane region

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Melting snow has produced some minor flooding in the Spokane regionFor the first time since 2012, the Spokane River, which hits flood stages at 27 feet, has risen above 27.5 feet.By Wednesday, it's expected to crest at about 28.2 feet.The Spokesman-Review says that last week the Inland Northwest experienced several days of rain and higher-than-normal temperatures, which contributed to lakes, streams, creeks and rivers rising to flood levels.