Melted snow floods over road leading into Harrington

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 7:21 PM

HARRINGTON, Wash.--The Washington Department of Transportation warned drivers Wednesday of running water over roadways in Adams and Lincoln Counties.

The water was more than a foot deep on State Route 23. Transportation crews were looking to figure out another place for the water to go.

READ: Rising waters close portions of Eastern Wash. highways

Water covered parts of the roadway between five and ten miles South of Harrington.

“It was covered with snow and they kept the snow off pretty good but this melt off ended up pretty quick and there's rivers all the way down this road ,” said a man driving to Harrington, Troy Crawford.

READ: Flood water closes multiple Colfax roadways

Water levels measured 14.5 inches near Lord’s Creek Road.

Workers said one of the reasons parts of the roadway flooded was because snow filled the ditches. The melting snow spilled over the road rather than flow into the ditch and through culverts.

A Department of Transportation crew worked to remove snow from the ditches using a grater and manual labor.

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