PULLMAN — City officials in Pullman say they usually have 12 to 24 hours to prepare for potential flooding.
But they had no such time Tuesday, when a record 1.21 inches of rain fell on ground that was already water-logged and flooded portions of the city.
Deputy Public Works director Clayton Forsmann says it was almost like a flash flood.
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported that Moscow, Idaho, received even more rain at 1.42 inches Tuesday, which also caused some flooding.
The National Weather Service predicts rain to continue through the weekend, but likely at lower amounts.
Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson signed a declaration of emergency for the city Wednesday, allowing the public works department to quickly access money it needs to repair infrastructure damaged by water.