Severe weather rips through Okanogan

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by Shawn Chitnis & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 8:01 PM

OKANOGAN, Wash.-- Video from the Okanogan Sheriff shows the toll recent severe weather is taking on parts of Northeastern Washington.

Both county leaders and those living in the area tell us they've experienced a lot of rain and lightning in the past few days. Tuesday they began cleaning up the mess created over the weekend.

Video shot by the Okanogan County Sheriff shows what looks like a stream of water in a natural setting. Then the camera pans to show the impact of all that water on the road.

Sheriff Frank Rogers described what it was like to come up to that part of state route 97 north of Malott over the phone. "Saw this wall of water coming down through the canyon. Stopped traffic for hours."

Photos of the scene show the large amount of rain that came through and the impact all that water had on the roads.

Residents in the area say this is some of the worst weather they can remember.  

While the weather closed several roads initially almost all were open as of Tuesday.

The sheriff tells us large storms are nothing new for people in the area but the one that passed through this weekend is certainly unique. There have been some mudslides but they've yet to see any property lost except for some driveways. All the lightning has created some spot fires but with so much rain, no one needs to put them out.
   


 

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