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Worst flooding in decades wreaking havoc in northeastern Washington

Flooding in northeastern Washington (Photos: Ferry County Sheriff's Office)

REPUBLIC, Wash. -- A very wet winter that has continued into the spring is causing a number of flooding-related issues in Ferry County in northeastern Washington.

The Sanpoli Valley is experiencing "the worst flooding in decades," according to a joint news release issued by the Ferry County Sheriff's Office and Colville Tribal Police Department, with more rain falling this week.

"Over the last month we have received a mix of rain and snow in large quantities throughout the whole county," Ferry County officials said. "We have experienced several road closures, landslides, mudslides and flooding. This is just the beginning of the spring run off season. Our soil in the county is unstable due to our fire season of 2015 and our continuous high mountain snowfall."

They add a majority of Ferry County roads are under weight restrictions.

"All of these roads have a potential of receiving more damages and possibly giving way at any time," officials wrote, adding they are working hard in preserving the road until damages can be repaired permanently.

One of the damaged roads is the Gold Creek Bridge on Highway 21 S. "With the ongoing rainy weather, more of the embankment on the west side of Gold Creek has given way and WSDOT Engineers and road crew have had to divert to another plan of safely working on the bridge," officials said.

Local residents can keep up with the latest information on road closures and other flooding issues on the Ferry County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

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