Severe weather floods local roads and homes Saturday

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 14, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 11:36 AM

SPOKANE-- Thunderstorms began moving into the Spokane area Saturday afternoon.

The problems started early. Flooding overwhelmed streets and homes in many locations.

Both directions of I-90 were submerged in several inches of water near Thor and Freya, causing traffic to come to a standstill. The Washington Department of Transportation says a heavy thundershower with hail led to the problem.

Several local roads were also submerged. Lacey and 5th was shut down to traffic in both directions because of flooding.

A flash flood warning was issued for Central Spokane County. To see most recent warnings, click here.

On 5th & Lacey, homeowners reported seeing up to five inches of standing water in the middle of the street. Residents said five houses in that neighborhood sustained some flooding damage. Neighbors said they started removing debris from the storm drains as soon as the rain started coming down hard.

“It’s very frustrating. It’s the fourth time I’ve been flooded in five years,” said Vickie Brown, whose basement flooded.

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To see your most recent forecast, click here.

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