The damage to roads in northeastern Washington caused by a deluge of water from snowmelt and heavy spring rain is significant enough to raise eyebrows at the federal level.
A section of road near Kettle Falls on Highway 395 has completely collapsed. Crews had to build a detour around a giant crack that rendered a section of the Inchelium Highway along the Columbia River roughly 30 miles south of the Canadian border impassable.
During a roundtable discussion in Colville, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers told commissioners from Ferry and Pend Oreille counties she’d look for ways to respond to what emergency managers call ‘the worst flooding in decades.’
“Whether it’s in rural development, or FEMA or an infrastructure bill, I recognize you’re going to need some help,” McMorris Rodgers said.
The Confederated Tribes of the Colville has issued a reservation-wide flood advisory.
In mid-March, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in 20 Washington counties. It was extended to 22 counties March 31.