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Heavy rain brings mudslides to West Coast, flooding in Midwest

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Mud, slides close roads, trap motorists in Washington state

A car trapped in flood waters where 8-10" of rain fell in 24 hours. (Photo: JadeHindmon/Twitter via ABC News)

 

TWISP, Wash. (AP) - Highway crews are trying to clear mud and debris that washed onto roadways when heavy rain fell on land scarred by wildfires in north central Washington.

The Washington Transportation Department says sections of Highway 20 and Highway 153 near Twisp that were hit Thursday night remained closed Friday.

Spokesman Jeff Adamson in Wenatchee and National Weather Service meteorologist Steven Van Horn in Spokane said there were some motorists stranded and homes being washed off their foundations.

The Weather Service says more slow-moving thunderstorms were expected to roll through the area again, so there was a flash flood watch in effect.

Heavy rain across the Midwest brings flash flooding

CHICAGO, Ill. (ABC News) - Very heavy rain across parts of the Midwest Friday sparked off flash flooding from northern Illinois to Indiana.

Cars on local highways in Blackford County, Indiana, had to be abandoned as rapidly rising waters washed out roads, authorities said.

If flooding was not enough, a house caught on fire in Hartford City, Indiana, forcing local firefighters to fight the blaze from boats.

The most intense rain fell during the early morning hours. However, dramatic weather has swept through the region for the past 24 hours, yielding significant rainfall totals. The heavy rain hit the Chicago area first, then tracked farther south and east, heading into northern Indiana.

Over the past 24 hours, Chicago's Midway Airport recorded over 4 inches of rain. Just a few miles away, Burbank, Illinois, logged over 5.5" of rainfall.

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