VIDEO: October rainstorm batters Tacoma
A mudslide closed southbound Schuster Parkway in Tacoma on Saturday afternoon after an abrupt flash of fall weather moved through Pierce County.
The heavy rain and wind also caused sporadic power outages and some spinouts elsewhere in Pierce County.
Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said the Washington State Patrol closed parts of Interstate 705 at South 11th Street due to flooding. Cars also were stopped in the roadway at Center and South Pine streets around 4 p.m. as a result of floods, she said.
“We will probably close (those streets) down until we resolve the flooding issue,” Cool said.
Tacoma resident Shelly Garzon said getting caught in the flooding was scary.
“I found myself on Schuster Parkway and downtown right at the height of the intense water, with no way not to go through the water,” Garzon said in an email. “There was a big spout of water squirting up out of the road on Schuster.”
Schuster will remain closed overnight.
Washington State Patrol spokesman Guy Gill encouraged drivers to be careful on the wet roads.
The National Weather Service noted areas from Everett in the north to Chehalis in the south could see winds gusting to 45 mph through 5 p.m. Saturday, with steady winds in the range of 20 to 35 mph.
Tacoma Public Utilities customers were reporting power outages in the county as far south as Roy. Outages can be reported to the utility at 253-502-8602.
Puget Sound Energy’s website also reported scattered outages in east Pierce County, a majority of them concentrated around the South Hill area.