July 17, 2012
Yox Road shows the effects of an inundation Sunday night and Monday morning that has prompted county commissioners to declare a state of emergency.
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More storms are in the forecast and a flash flood watch is in effect.
Walla Walla County commissioners went on the road today to assess damages from a storm which swept through the county Sunday night and Monday morning. Commissioners and other officials toured the sections in the west-central area of the county where three roads were closed after the storm washed out sections of pavement or blocked passage with mud and debris. At least 15 other roads had received significant damage but were open. The intense rain and subsequent mudslides also buried fields and damaged equipment. On the Terry Schaeffer farm six miles north of Touchet the storm left two alfalfa fields half-buried in mud and shoved a set of seed drills about 75 yards from where it was parked.