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Flood Warnings Expire; Neighbors Still Watching Chewelah Creek

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CHEWELAH, Wash. – As flood warnings in Stevens County expire, people in Chewelah say they are still watching Chewelah Creek and will continue placing sandbags around their homes.

Tammy Bjerke stopped counting how many sandbags she has made and set around her home and business, Chewelah Valley Barber.

"We were getting exhausted," she said before friends arrived to help her make sandbags. "They came over this morning and they started to help us and we're very appreciative."

Glen Hughes heard a train at about 1:30 on Tuesday morning and woke-up to see the creek rising outside.

The creek eventually spilled onto Highway 395 prompting authorities to close the road for a few hours. The road re-opened when the water was diverted back into the creek.

Fullmer's Garage and the liquor store on Highway 395 each reported flooding in crawl spaces. They used pumps to remove water on Tuesday morning and placed sandbags to keep more water from entering their stores.

Several people said this flooding is slightly worse than the mid-1990's when Chewelah Creek last caused flooding. High temperatures over the weekend and recent rain is being blamed on melting mountain snow which forced river levels upward.

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