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Gov. Inslee issues emergency weather proclamation for 19 counties

Flooding and landslides have roads across the region closed to traffic. (Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management)

Gov. Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation for 19 Washington counties Wednesday for flooding and winter weather. Similar conditions are forecast to continue through the weekend.

The 19 counties included in the proclamation are: Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and Whatcom.

Inslee cited damage to roadways resulting in road closures that have limited access to and complicated the response and recovery efforts of emergency responders, businesses, and utilities.

“These storms caused injuries, significant power outages, evacuations, road damage, temporary road closures and detours, rail line closures, and extensive damage to homes, businesses, public utilities, public facilities, electrical power systems, infrastructure, and property,” Inslee said in the proclamation.

The National Weather Service reports the winter storm event will continue to the weekend, with snow and heavy rain through Feb. 8.

Avalanche warning in effect at Stevens, Snoqualmie passes

River and urban flooding, landslide threats, mountain snow, and avalanche danger are all expected to be impactful in western Washington through Friday or Saturday.

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