State of emergency in Washington state after snow, ice storm


Associated Press

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 1:34 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — The governor of Washington state has declared a state of emergency, authorizing the use of National Guard troops, if necessary, in the aftermath of a snow and ice storm that has paralyzed much of the state.

Tens of thousands of people lost power, and hundreds of cars slid off roads. The Seattle airport was shut down this morning, delaying or canceling most flights before a runway was reopened. Lines of people snaked around nearly every ticket counter.

The storm claimed at least two lives. One victim was a child whose body was pulled from a creek in Oregon after a car was swept away from a grocery store parking lot. His mother is still missing. Another person was killed by a falling tree east of Seattle.

As temperatures warm up in the days ahead, authorities are worried about the potential for flooding.

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207-c-13-(Doug Esser, AP correspondent)-"Transportation Department worker"-AP correspondent Doug Esser reports Washington State is trying to deal with freezing rain that coasted the area's big snowfall. (19 Jan 2012)

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209-c-14-(Doug Esser, AP correspondent)-"the Seattle area"-AP correspondent Doug Esser reports driving on ice-covered roads in Seattle is tricky. (19 Jan 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK 1126697: Man shovels snow at Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, on texture, partial graphic (18 Jan 2012)

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APPHOTO WABRE103: Edward Norton of Bremerton, Wash. works to put tire chains on his car outside his West Bremerton home on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Larry Steagall) (18 Jan 2012)

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APPHOTO ORBEN101: Surrounded by mounds of new snow on the deck tables at Mount Bachelor, Ore., snowboarder Lori LaBissoniere, 31, of Bend . looks out towards the Pine Marten Lift, which was among several lifts that were closed due to storm conditions on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/The Bulletin, Andy Tullis) (18 Jan 2012)

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