Rains cause flooding, evacuations in western Washington

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Ryan Ostrom shows-off his kitten Cleo after the two were escorted by firefighters from their apartment building that was surrounded by flood water Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Issaquah, Wash. Rain storms are triggering flood warnings on rivers across western Washington state. Major flooding is expected or already occurring on four rivers - the Snoqualmie near Carnation, the Tolt above Carnation, the Carbon near Firfax and the Cowlitz at Randle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

ISSAQUAH, Wash. – Heavy rains sent a creek over a major roadway and into an apartment building east of Seattle on Thursday.

Amanda Amphett, a resident of the Park Shore Apartments in Issaquah, said Issaquah Creek reached their parking lot late Wednesday night. Her neighbor knocked on her door at 5 a.m. Thursday and told her that the river was running under their building.

On Thursday afternoon, firefighters evacuated residents from that building, including a family with two young children, and moved them to shelters. No injuries had been reported, authorities said.

“It's been an adventure,” Amphett said.

A flood watch was in effect through Friday afternoon across most of western Washington. Numerous roads throughout the region were closed because of water over the roadway.

Officials also warned of landslide risks. Slides were also closing roads. Crystal Mountain Resort closed Thursday because of high avalanche danger and mudslides on the road to the large ski and snowboarding area in the Cascades. Sound Transit canceled Sounder north train service Thursday and Friday because of mudslide risks.

A failed culvert was causing additional flooding on in and around Issaquah.

“Rock and soil spilling from hillside crammed the culvert full of debris,” King County officials said on Twitter. “The water has nowhere else to go. We built a berm to help direct water to creek so it wouldn't damage the road or flood homes.”