PULLMAN, Wash. — Heavy rain caused flooding in Downtown Pullman on Tuesday afternoon.
A Flood Advisory was in effect for the area until 5:00 p.m. Thunderstorms brought heavy rain to the area starting around 1:30 p.m.
According to Meteorologist Thomas Patrick, Doppler radar estimates about 0.4" of rain fell in 45 minutes. There are no official rain totals yet.
KREM 2 photographer Roger Hatcher said it started to pour in the area around 2:30 p.m. He saw people walking down a sidewalk with water up to their shins.
Thomas Hammer Coffee on East Main Street is getting hit with flooding. Water was up to people's ankles. Employees there said the water came in so fast they did not have time to react.
At least two other businesses nearby are experiencing flooding. All of them are shut down. Pullman firefighters are on scene helping with cleanup.
This is the second time Pullman flooded in 2019. On April 9, flooding caused a state of emergency.
Over seven days, the Palouse received more rain than both Seattle and Olympia. Pullman got 2.22 inches of rain from April 3-11. This is a record for the particular 7-day stretch.