Deadly floodwaters recede, leaving mess behind in Pacific Northwest

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Cleanup has begun in the Pacific Northwest after a deadly wave of storms in the region this week.

Floodwaters have started receding and residents and rescue workers say they're relieved that drier weather is persisting.

Still, authorities say Interstate 5 may be closed into next week. It's been closed since Monday.

State officials believe about 33,000 customers are still without power.

Meanwhile, authorities have learned of an eighth death related to the storm. A person died in a fire ignited in a house without electricity in Washington state.

At least 300 people were helicoptered to safety in what Governor Chris Gregoire described as the state's largest aerial search-and-rescue operation in a decade.

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