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Record Setting Rainfall In Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - You know what they say: when it rains, it pours!

Spokane set a record for rainfall Thursday night with 1.18 inches of rain, which is double the previous record of .54 inches set in 2003.

The downpour rose rivers and creek levels, causing some localized flooding. Latah Creek, for instance, was recorded as flowing more than 1,200 cubic feet per second, which is double what it normally averages.

It made for a dicey drive home for many drivers, especially on Division Street, as their cars waded through huge puddles and standing water.

"It hasn't rained like that in Spokane for a long time so I know that just driving around yesterday was virtually impossible, Camarrone Lewis said. "You could barely see out the windows no matter how fast the wiper blades were going."

The water created a bit of a mess for some homeowners in this area too.

Lewis said the creek waters rose uncomfortably close to his Latah Valley home.

"I came home and the puddle behind you was all the way up to my grass," Lewis said, pointing to a large pool of standing water in his driveway.

Lewis' yard was also completely water-logged. In fact, it rained so hard that the downpour created huge divots in his backyard.

The worst part though, Lewis said, was that the added water weakened his retaining wall, which caused dirt and sand to fall down near the foundation of his home.

The water also overloaded basin grates and storm water drains too since about a half an in fell in just one hour Thursday night.

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