Northwest Flooding

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Heavy rain and flooding that have already been blamed for at least three deaths in the Pacific Northwest have now forced several highways to be closed as well as a national park.

Floodwaters destroyed campgrounds at Mount Rainier National Park, forcing its closure for the first time since Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980.

Park officials say it may be several weeks before the park reopens to visitors.

A major highway near Mount Hood has been washed out, and 67 miles of the North Cascades Highway has been shut down in Washington state.

More rain is expected Friday and over the weekend, but a forecaster at the National Weather Service says it will be "just a rainstorm, not a flooding rain."

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