Pacific Northwest Suffers From Floods
The Pacific northwest region of the United States faced strong and fierce floods due to winter storms.
According to the New York Times, the floods were the effect of two winter storms which had high winds and heavy rains which caused the floods and blocked highways, cut power and forced the declaration of a state of emergency. The two states which faced the most damage and concern was Oregon and Washington. The winds and snow also effected many areas on the eastern side of the United States, including New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
One man was killed in southwest Washington after a tree fell on him as he was trying to get clear from another tree that had fallen. Another man was killed following a medical problem as power went out. A women in Oregon died from a heart attack as she was attempting to find safe land. Hundreds of others also had to be rescued by boat or helicopter from the flooding waters.
According to the USA Today, National Guard troops were called to the scene to evacuate residents suffering from the floods and many others suffering from the loss of power. There are still no phone lines or land lines available in many areas as they were cut off by landslides which blocked roads.
The storms hit hardest on Monday, registering winds similar to hurricane forces. While the storms hit many different regions, those who suffered the most were towns located on the coasts. The area which suffered the most on the coast was western Washington which experienced 3 to 6 inches of rain.