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First Fires, Now Floods: More Rain Brings New Woe to Washington

More rain is expected in Washington state, where flash floods have developed on land scarred by wildfires and destroyed at least 10 homes.

A slow-moving front bringing heavy rain and thunder is expected to arrive in areas of Washington state scarred by wildfires on Sunday — days after flash floods destroyed at least 10 homes.

National Weather Service meteorologist Steven Van Horn says rain is forecast to arrive late Sunday morning, bringing more worries to an area already singed from widespread wildfires and flooding.

An estimated 10 homes were damaged or destroyed and highways were blocked as heavy rains unleashed mudslides on Thursday in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires. Damage to homes from the Thursday evening storms included mud, rushing water and the powerful force of the two together. The area affected also saw the largest wildfire in Washington's history, burning more than 400 square miles.


— The Associated Press