Flooding on the Palouse

Paradise Creek in Moscow flooded overnight sending water into some homes and led to the evacuation of at least one resident. Moscow Volunteer Firefighters were called out to help with sandbagging and one resident was evacuated from their home. The City of Moscow has activated its incident command to deal with the flooding. The resident sandbag station is available to citizens at the city shop on Van Buren. Paradise Creek crested about 11:00 Thursday night at just over 10 feet, flood stage is 9 feet. Paradise Creek is receding Friday morning. Some reports indicate this is the highest water in the Moscow creek since the historic flood in 1996 which reached 11 feet. Paradise Creek in remains under a flood warning.

The South Fork of the Palouse River in Pullman crested right at flood stage early Friday morning at 1:30 at 7 feet. Water is hitting the bottom of the Pine Street Plaza pedestrian bridge downtown. The bridge is closed. The South Fork is also receding but remains under a flood warning.

A washout has closed Clear Creek Road near Kamiak Butte in Whitman County. An 8 foot culvert was washed away on the road between Colfax and Palouse. Whitman County Public works crews are on scene trying to fix the washout. Warner and Fanning Roads are also closed because of flooding near Oakesdale.

The Palouse River in Potlatch is under a flood watch. The River is expected to crest at flood stage Friday afternoon.