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Washington State Declares State of Emergency: Massive Storm Swamps Seattle

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire declared a state of emergency Monday authorizing state agencies to assist local governments in their response to massive wind and flooding in Western Washington that left at least two dead and caused part of Interstate 5 to be closed.


By midday Monday, families had evacuated their homes, bewildered grandmothers were

watching basement water levels rise and government officials were forced to acknowledge

that their municipal systems had been pushed over the brink by NEAR-RECORD levels of

rainfall. It was the second-wettest day since Seattle started keeping such records.

By late afternoon Monday, nearly 6 billion gallons of rain had fallen. 

Washington State Declares State of Emergency

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