Roof collapse, landslide as heavy rains hit Wash.



SEATTLE (AP) — A November storm that brought heavy rain to the Washington lowlands and snow to the mountains is blamed for the collapse of part of a roof on a Tacoma building and a landslide that temporarily closed part of an east King County highway.

No one was hurt when part of the roof on a downtown Tacoma Public Works building collapsed on Tuesday afternoon. Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Chandler says heavy rain is the likely culprit in the roof collapse.

A landslide late Tuesday temporarily blocked westbound State Highway 202 in east King County southwest of Carnation. The Washington Transportation Department says the State Patrol is working to make sure a nearby storm water retention pond is stable. No one was caught in the slide.

Minor flooding was reported on Western Washington’s Skokomish River.

The National Weather Service says 24-hour rainfall totals topped 5 inches near Hood Canal. Tacoma reported 1.82 inches while Shelton had 3.29 inches and Castle Rock in southwest Washington tallied 2.72 inches.