Mud, rockslide blocks highway north of Chelan - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Mud, rockslide blocks highway north of Chelan

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CHELAN, Wash. -

According to Chelan County Emergency Management, a rock/mudslide is currently blocking US 97 Northbound, 6 miles north of Chelan, between Chelan and Pateros.

The slide was likely caused by strong thunderstorms producing heavy rain in that area. Flash Flood Warnings were issued for that area at 5:30pm tonight.

Blake Jensen tracking these very storms Tuesday evening.

"According to radar estimates, this particular area where the slide occurred received over 1" of rain in less than one hour. That is extremely heavy rain, and when it falls in steeper terrain like this, a slide is very likely, which is why the National Weather Service issued the Flash Flood Warnings." says KHQ's Blake Jensen.

The Flash Flood Warnings for that area have since expired as the thunderstorms have weakened and pushed NE into Canada.

Detours are in place using 97A at Antoine Creek and Apple Acres Road.

No word on when the rock/mudslide will be cleared. 

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