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Homeowner On Flooding At Mt. Spokane: 'This Is Probably The Highest It's Ever Been'

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MOUNT SPOKANE, Wash. - At John Richardson's home in the shadow of Mount Spokane, Dead Man's Creek roared by with enormous speed and power on Monday. After warm weather that melted snow pack coupled with heavy rains, waters have been running high and fast along Mt. Spokane and Highway 206. 
 
"This is probably the highest, or close to the highest, it's ever been," Richardson said.
Like a beach at the ocean, water lapped onto his yard in waves, creeping close the barn that housed his chickens. The rising waters also saturated his lawn and soaked his basement.
 
"It was almost up to that first step," Richardson pointed out while KHQ toured his basement. "Our basement's flooded three times in the last two weeks."

Richardson said he has to come down to the bottom floor every day to check for water seeping into his home. Plus, in an older home, the electricity often goes out, and the pumps that keep out the water have sporadically given way.

"I run and grab a bucket and open up the back door and starting bailing," he said.
Farther up stream, traffic slowed to one lane in spots as Department of Transportation crews cleared fallen trees.
 
Just a few miles more up the highway, snow began to fall Monday as the Mount Spokane State Park Ranger, Steven Christensen, and his crew at Bear Lodge began to fill sand bags. Heavy rains overflowed the culvert there and water created new, small streams in the sand beds where it normally flowed underground.
 
Christensen explained, "That's a precaution so that in the middle of the night, that person will have something to work with in case it gets heavier."
So far, the creek hasn't flooded like it did in 2008 when major floods washed away the main road in and out of Mt. Spokane. But, there is still a chance that could happen. This year, there are 15 more inches of snow pack on the mountain than in the floods of '08.
"There's a concern there," Christensen continued. "If the weather doesn't get too hot for too long of a period then we should be okay."
As the water rushes by, all they can do is prep and wait for mother nature.

"It's an inconvenience but it's part of living on the mountain," Richardson said.

Christensen said the culverts they used to have were not big enough to handle all of the flooding and that's, in part, why the road washed away in 2008. He said, since then, they've created bigger culverts so that the flooding this year should not be a problem.
For now, some hope the weather actually stays cooler to help slow down the run off.
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