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Downpour closes roads, floods Stadium Bowl in Tacoma

Tacoma’s Stadium Bowl looked more like a small lake than a football field Sunday.

An afternoon downpour affected highway traffic in the city and cascaded down the stands at Stadium High School.

Tacoma Public Schools spokesman Dan Voepel said the field had pretty much finished draining shortly before 6 p.m., and that crews would have some cleanup work left to do Monday. A truckload of dirt slid down the hill above the stadium and onto the sideline and would need to be removed, he said.

Cars stalled, closing southbound Schuster Parkway from North 30th Street to Dock Street, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The State Patrol also said that standing water was affecting Interstate 705, near Schuster Parkway. About 4 feet of water closed all lanes of the northbound road at South 11th Street, trooper Guy Gill said about 5 p.m.

“Can anybody get traffic moving on I-705 NB! We've been sitting here for 40 minutes already!” twitter user @NeonMidori asked Gill about 4:30 p.m. on the social media site.

Crews worked to remove leaves and other debris from clogged storm drains, and finished clearing the road about 9 p.m., the state Department of Transportation said.

Southbound Interstate 5 also closed near the exit to I-705, but just for a couple of minutes so that crews could clear drains, Gill said.

Sea-Tac Airport got 0.17 inches of rain Sunday as of 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

City road crews got about 15 calls for reports of flooded intersections after the squall, including at Schuster and along Pacific Avenue, said Hugh Messer, assistant division manager for the city’s environmental services department.

Water reached about 11/2 feet at Pacific Avenue and South 26th Street, but subsided quickly, he said.

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