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IICRC Storm Damage Restoration Recommendations

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

IICRC Storm Damage Restoration Recommendations
The following information is submitted by IICRC as a public service to those who have suffered water-related losses due to storm damage (e.g., hurricane, tornado). Since there are many variables involved in deciding about appropriate restoration steps, users of this information assume any and all liability for implementing the procedures covered herein.

The following recommendations assume water-related storm damage to residential or light commercial structures. For recommendations regarding restoration of major commercial properties and building assemblies, it is important to consult with professionals who have specific training and experience in this area.

Whether insured or not, it is important for property owners to document damage with photographs or video, and immediately begin loss mitigation procedures themselves; or hire a qualified contractor to do this on their behalf. It is totally inappropriate to put off mitigation while waiting for an insurance claims representative to arrive on the scene to evaluate the loss. By that time, in all probability sufficient time will have passed to grow and amplify microorganisms, which may not be covered by insurance. Loss mitigation is defined by insurance policies as “reasonable and prudent measures designed to preserve, protect and secure property from further damage,” including microbial growth and amplification.

According to IICRC Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (IICRC S500), there are three categories of water that cause damage in buildings. They are summarized as follows:

Category 1 Water – That which is clean at the releasing source and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans. Category 1 water may become progressively contaminated as it mixes with soils on or within floor coverings or building assemblies (walls, decking, subflooring). Time and temperature, which promote the growth and amplification of microorganisms in water can cause Category 1 water to degrade. Examples: burst water pipes, failed supply lines on appliances, vertically falling rainwater.

Category 2 Water – That which begins with some degree of contamination and could cause sickness or discomfort if consumed by humans. As with Category 1 water, time and temperature can cause Category 2 water to become progressively more contaminated.

Category 3 Water – That which is highly contaminated and could cause death or serious illness if consumed by humans. Examples: sewage, rising flood water from rivers and streams, ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes. There are two ways in which water enters a building as a result of wind storm damage:

The first involves falling or windblown rainwater that enters as a result of damage to roof components or wall assemblies. The second involves horizontally traveling ground surface water (Category 3) containing silt and soil contaminants that infiltrate into structures, generally through doors or around foundation walls. This ground surface water (storm surge) may accumulate to a depth of several inches or several feet. When structures are partially submerged or remain substantially flooded for weeks, far more elaborate procedures usually are required.

Most household microorganisms (fungi, bacteria) typically require five conditions for germination, growth, amplification and dissemination. Generally, they include:

• organic food source, especially cellulose (e.g., paper, wood), which are found in abundance in construction materials
• moisture, even high humidity (67% RH plus)
• moderate temperature – 68-86°F/20-30°C
• stagnant air
• time – several hours to several days

Anything that can be done to control or minimize these optimum conditions will prolong the time required for microbial growth.

With the above background information in mind, loss mitigation procedures may include but are not necessarily limited to:

A. Foremost, consider safety:
1. Structural Integrity – Before entering a storm or flood-damaged structure, consider structural integrity, which may be impacted by the force of the wind on, or the force of the water entering the structure. When in doubt, obtain an evaluation by a licensed and qualified builder or structural engineer before entering.
2. Ventilation – Fresh moving air discourages the growth and amplification of microorganisms. Open windows and doors and air the structure out thoroughly. It is highly recommended that ventilation be maintained during and following the restoration effort, or until damp areas can be contained and subjected to mechanical dehumidification (HVAC or specialized equipment). This reduces, but does not eliminate, inhalation of microorganisms.
3. Shock Hazards – Ensure that electrical shock hazards have been eliminated by turning off the supply of electricity (circuit breakers) to damaged areas. Anticipate that electricity may be restored suddenly without notice.
4. Personal Protective Equipment – Wear protective clothing, boots with steel or fiberglass shanks, and a hard hat. Protect yourself from injury or exposure to microorganisms. Wear protective gloves before handling contaminated materials. Splash goggles are highly recommended to protect and prevent microorganism entry through the eyes. An organic vapor respirator (paint respirator) is highly recommended to prevent inhalation of most microorganisms or spores.

B. Remove quantities of debris (silt, vegetation, floating objects brought in by storm surge), if present, with shovels, rakes, etc. Carefully clean all tools with appropriate detergents after use.

C. Identify the source of water and extent of wetting:
1. When wind-blown rain water enters a building, it is important to identify the route of entry and to trace its path, as possible, to identify all wet components (ceilings, walls, insulation, framing). Professional water restoration contractors, when available, have specialized water-detection equipment and may be available to assist in this determination.
2. In rising water situations, typically there will be a visible water line on drywall or paneling. However, water may migrate or wick upward within the wall material itself or within insulation behind the wall.

D. Remove unsalvable or wet materials:
1. When wetting is caused by storm damage and comes from overhead or around openings in the building envelope, and especially when power has been interrupted in hot climates, it is important to remove wet components, as possible, to expose pockets of saturation to air circulation before microbial growth can occur.

a) Begin at the point of water entry and trace the path of wetting, removing ceiling and wall components and insulation as you go.
b) Although it may be possible for professionals with specialized equipment to dry carpet, pad and subflooring materials, when damage is wholesale in an area, seldom will qualified contractors be available to respond for this work. Therefore, it is normally prudent to remove saturated carpet and pad.
c) It is highly recommended that solid or laminated wood flooring, or sheet vinyl be removed to expose pockets of saturation.

2. In rising water situations (storm surge with contaminated ground water):

a) Remove and dispose of drywall (Sheetrock®), paneling or other wall materials up to a point 15-24″ inches above the water line visible on the wall. If possible, stay within four feet of the floor to salvage as much wall material as possible, since drywall is usually installed horizontally in 4’x8’ or 4’x12’ panels.
b) Remove and dispose of wet insulation materials exposed during wall removal. Look for evidence of moisture wicking up insulation materials. Leave only wall framing components that are durable and minimally porous, and which can be cleaned and decontaminated with relative ease.
c) Remove and dispose of floor coverings; carpet, cushion, pad, felt and sheet vinyl, laminate, or tile flooring materials. Porous materials may absorb considerable quantities of water and contaminant, and non-porous materials may trap moisture to prolong drying. The inevitable result will be rapid microorganism growth, along with associated odor and health hazards. Hardwood flooring should be removed since contaminants and moisture will collect underneath in the flutes or hollow areas between the hardwood and the subfloor.
E. With Category 1 (clean source) water (e.g., rainwater), drying is the next course of action required to prevent on-going damage due to microbial development.

The following procedures may require the assistance of a professional water damage restoration company, if available, which has trained technicians, specialized cleaners, biocides, extraction, drying and dehumidifying equipment, and moisture measuring and monitoring instruments. A certified professional can be located by calling the nonprofit IICRC toll free at 800-835-4624 or by accessing

F. With ground surface water (Category 3), steps for cleaning soil residues brought in by heavy rainfall or storm surge may include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Since many biocides are inactivated by quantities of organic contaminants, cleaning always should precede biocide application.
2. When fresh water is restored within the structure, mix an appropriate general-purpose household cleaner according to label directions and liberally spray it onto salvable components.
3. Brush agitation may be required to evenly distribute cleaning solutions, followed by at least ten minutes of “dwell time” for soil suspension.
4. Where appropriate, flush contaminants from salvageable surfaces with a water hose or pressure washer. Work from top-to-bottom and from walls-to-flooring.
5. Wet vacuum or mop up excess rinse water from flooring materials immediately. Be sure to thoroughly flush all contamination from wall frame (sill plate) areas. Pressure washing, if available, is specifically recommended to flush contaminants from hard-to-access areas, followed by removal of contaminated water with industrial wet vacuuming equipment.
6. Repeat steps 6-9 as necessary, until all surfaces are clean and contamination is physically removed.

G. Disinfecting:
1. Applying disinfectants or biocides usually is unnecessary with Category 1 (clean source) water, since this may only serve to introduce additional moisture into the building, which may prolong drying.
2. With Category 2 or 3 water contamination, while maintaining ventilation and skin and respiratory protection, liberally spray cleaned salvageable materials (studs, decking, joists, etc.) with an appropriate biocide. A 6% solution of household chlorine bleach (e.g., Clorox®) mixed 1 part bleach to 11 parts water (½%) may be used on durable, colorfast surfaces. Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia or strong acids! An appropriate alternative to chlorine bleach may be a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide.
3. In rising water situations, following application of properly diluted biocides, brush agitate all areas to encourage biocide distribution and penetration into cracks and crevices.

H. Dry structural components with plenty of air circulation, while maintaining constant ventilation (weather conditions permitting). If possible, take advantage of low outside humidity (check local weather reports). Use oscillating or box fans, repositioning them within the structure every few hours. Avoid temperature extremes that might slow drying, or promote microorganism growth (around 72-75oF/22-24oC is ideal). Rent high-volume professional drying equipment (airmovers and dehumidifiers) if available, especially in areas where ventilation is not possible (sealed buildings, security problems). It is highly recommended that electrical components that were wet be checked for operational safety by a qualified contractor.

I. Leave cleaned structural surfaces exposed to fresh air movement for several days or even weeks, or until you are sure that they have returned to within four percentage points of normal moisture content (MC) levels (generally the normal MC of structural wood is around 10%). Otherwise, subsequent structural damage and/or health effects may result after wall and flooring materials have been replaced or painted. Professional water restoration contractors with specialized, high-capacity drying equipment can shorten drying times considerably.

J. Reconstruct or replace components as required.

Where financial resources permit, it is highly recommended that comprehensive restoration be accomplished by trained, IICRC Damage Restoration Technicians. They may be located by calling IICRC referral line at 800-835-4624 or by accessing Consider hiring a professional restorer to evaluate moisture levels in structural materials before reconstruction.

Greater Spokane Emergency Manaagement

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Spokane News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Homeowner, Renter, and Business, Flood/Water Damage Assessment

Greater Spokane Emergency Management is conducting a preliminary damage a...ssessment from Spokane County residents and businesses. If you suffered damage or loss due to the winter weather snow melt, flooding, and/or other water damage to your Spokane primary residence, property, personal property, or business.

Some residents may be covered by homeowners’ or renters’ insurance. Businesses affected may also be insured against these losses. We encourage you to contact your insurance company or agent regarding your damage.

Damage assessment forms can be found on our website at:

Damage assessment information does not guarantee funding or assistance and only will be used to determine if Spokane County qualifies for disaster aid by meeting local, state, and federal guidelines.

For more information please reference the Frequently Asked Questions on our homepage:

Flooding info from Spokesman Review

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Spokane mayor declares flooding emergency, closes river

Posted: Mar 21, 2017 3:54 PM PDT Updated: Mar 22, 2017 6:16 AM PDT


Courtesy @SpoRiverfrontPk

SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Mayor David Condon has declared an emergency, closing the Spokane River through the city of Spokane and authorized additional city resources to address localized flooding caused by rising river levels fueled by the wettest winter on record.

Spokane County also closed Spokane River due to dangerous conditions.

Current National Weather Service models shows the river will most likely crest Tuesday night, at nearly 43,000 cubic feet per second. Water levels are expected to remain above flood stage up into next week.

“Rising river levels are posing a real threat to public safety so we are imploring people to stay out of the river and to view it only from safe vantage points,” Condon said. “We are also coordinating with emergency management to mobilize additional resources to monitor and address localized flooding.”

Upriver Drive is still closed from Mission Avenue to Greene Street. South Riverton under the Greene Street Bridge and Water Avenue at Ash Street also are still closed.

The Spokane Parks Department has closed the suspension bridges over the river in the park because of safety concerns, and the Centennial Trail under Division Street and the Washington Street because of flooding.

City crews in Spokane have dropped off sandbags in neighborhoods impacted by flooding and are evaluating whether or not more will be needed.

Crew are also monitoring in the Peaceful Valley, Riverview and Iron Bridge areas, and along Upriver Drive for additional flooding impacts. The last time the city experienced major flooding was back in 1997.

While the Weather Service models currently forecasts that levels will begin to stabilize if the weather remains mild, city officials warn that additional localized flooding is possible because Spokane is experiencing record soil saturation.

The city is also monitoring low-lying sewer pump stations near flooded areas to ensure ongoing operations. Bridge teams have inspected city bridges for potential impacts caused by rising water levels.

FEMA-identified historic flooding areas are available at by turning on the FEMA flood zone layer and zooming into your area

If you are in these flood vulnerable areas you can take these actions:

  • Move valuable off the floor or out of the basement
  • If you believe your power utilities may have contacted water, call 9-1-1

Zags come so close, still our heroes

4/4/2017 (Permalink) Men's College Basketball[Print without images]
Monday, April 3, 2017
Updated: April 4, 3:43 AM ET
Gonzaga has to live with coming so close
By Eamonn Brennan

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- One day before he won the third national title of his career, Roy Williams was talking about the third title that wasn't -- trying to explain what it's like to be on the other end of a loss like the one North Carolina took against Villanova when Kris Jenkins' buzzer-beater sailed through the net almost exactly one year ago.

"In the locker room was the most -- it was the most difficult time I've ever had as a coach," Williams said. "Because I felt so inadequate. What was I going to say to my guys?"

Williams didn't have this problem Monday night. Mark Few did. Few's task was almost equally impossible: The 37-2 Zags had just lost their last game of the season a possession or two from the goal they were sure, right up to the final few moments of Monday's 71-65 loss, they would achieve.

What do you say to Przemek Karnowski, the winningest player in college basketball history, about the 1-of-8 he shot in his final game? How do you console Nigel Williams-Goss, who sprained his ankle and refused to leave the floor for the second time in two games, who burst into devastated tears the moment a win was out of reach?

How do you buck up a team that just played its worst offensive game of an otherwise brilliant season when a few more buckets would have made all the difference? How do you assuage a group of 18- to 24-year-old kids -- a group that carried Gonzaga basketball further than it had ever gone, a group that had so reveled in proving that everything everyone had said about the Zags and the NCAA tournament was silly and wrong -- worried they let you and thousands of others down?

Seriously: What do you even say?

"To be so close for us is a temporarily crushing blow right now," Few said. "But I'm hoping and knowing perspective will come with time."

   Przemek Karnowski walks off the court as North Carolina players start to celebrate.

"He even used that word too," Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins said, whispering and red-eyed at his locker. "Not right now. I don't even know what that means."

Whether Perkins and his teammates wanted to acknowledge it, there was good news embedded in their anguish Monday night: It is impossible to be this disappointed if you didn't fully expect to win.

Twenty years ago, when Gonzaga first streaked into the NCAA tournament as a lovable unknown insurgent, this dynamic would have been unthinkable. Those Zags were flying by the seat of their pants, enjoying the ride, undoing one tournament favorite after another, free of expectations. This weekend, Few described those early years as "foot loose and fancy free," because no one at Gonzaga, from the administration to the players, knew any better.

Then, almost miraculously, Gonzaga refused to recede into the college basketball wilderness. Instead, Few and his program grew and grew and grew -- first to a perennial tournament team, then to one with a player of the year-level star like Adam Morrison, then to a powerhouse with frequent, and legitimate, national-title aspirations.

Along the way, this former startup from the 5,000-enrollment Jesuit school in Spokane, Washington, somehow morphed into a lightning rod -- a modern blue blood from a mid-major conference, a locus for ridiculous annual takes about strength of schedule and NCAA tournament seeding and NCAA tournament "disappointments," as if Gonzaga hadn't proven how crazy the NCAA tournament is in the first place. Somehow, Few became the poster child for concern-trolling about having never been to the Final Four.

The 2016-17 Gonzaga Bulldogs exploded all of that nonsense into myth. If nothing else, the intelligent college basketball fan should thank them for that.

"They absolutely ignited a lot of stale people that were kind of bored with the Zags and saying that we haven't been capable of achieving something like this," Few said.

 Bulldogs guard Jordan Mathews offered his take. 

"How many teams would take 37-2, league champs, national runner-up?" said Mathews, whose Cal team lost in the first round last spring before his graduate transfer to Gonzaga. "We broke that glass ceiling that everybody said we couldn't get over. Everybody was saying the Zags couldn't get to the Final Four. We did that."

Even better, Gonzaga didn't just get to the Final Four -- the way that, say, the 1999 Bulldogs got to the Elite Eight. They didn't ride in on some wacky series of upsets; they weren't some mind-blowing March story that just happened to stick around for an extra weekend.

They were the best team in the country pretty much all season. They lost two games. They finished first in ESPN's Basketball Power Index and first in's adjusted efficiency ratings. They starred several elite recruits. They brought a potential first-round draft pick, Zach Collins, off the bench. Despite an incredible blue-blood opponent led by coaching legend, a tough, late non-call out of bounds on a Kennedy Meeks rebound/jump ball and Williams-Goss' horribly timed sprained ankle, they finished (basically) a possession short of the national title.

And there's no reason to expect Gonzaga won't be back in this exact same position, sooner rather than later.

"Talking to [Syracuse coach Jim] Boeheim earlier in the week, he told me it will crush you if you don't win it," Few said. "And I guess I didn't understand it. But the cagey old veteran is right. Man, it crushes you."

Few described that conversation shortly after he described the 10 minutes he had spent trying to console Williams-Goss. The guard couldn't "process losing," Few said, "because it doesn't happen very often to him."

Therein lies the upside of Gonzaga's hurt, the thing Few tried to get across even when there was nothing he could really say.

Gonzaga wasn't happy with a mere place on the stage, nor should they have been, which is exactly why they were so inconsolable Monday night.

The Bulldogs were great, and so their pain was too.

IICRC Standard for Trauma & Crime Scene Cleanup

4/4/2017 (Permalink)



New Standard Published: ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

Las Vegas – April 3, 2017 – The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) announces the publication of a new ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup (1st edition, 2017).

ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard defines criteria and methodology used by the technician for inspecting and investigating blood and other potentially infectious material (OPIM) contamination and for establishing work plans and procedures.

The S540, which assumes that all scenes have been released by law enforcement or regulatory agencies, describes the procedures to be followed and the precautions to be taken when performing trauma and crime scene cleanup regardless of surface, item, or location.

Trauma and crime scene cleanup consists of the following components for which procedures are described in the ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard:

? Principles of Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

? Safety and Health

? Biocide and Antimicrobial Technology

? Administrative Procedures, Documentation, and Risk Management

? Inspection and Preliminary Determination

? Equipment and Tools

? Limitations, Complexities, Complications, and Conflicts

? Structural Remediation

? Vehicle and Machinery Construction

? Contents Remediation

? Containment and Disposal of Waste or Sharps

? Confirmation of Cleanliness

"This Standard has been a labor of love for all of us who have wanted this niche industry to reach the level of professionalism enjoyed by other markets who have had standards established by the IICRC," said Kent Bert, S540 Standard Committee Chairman. "We have worked tirelessly

to ensure the information conveyed is concise, easy to understand and most importantly, truly represents a consensus across our industry. I am honored to say that our team worked seamlessly and harmoniously throughout the entire process and represented some of the brightest minds, not only in Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup, but the restoration industry as a whole. Every company doing this type of remediation, or thinking about entering the field should consider obtaining a copy of the S540 Standard as a comprehensive resource for their company and their crews."

According to IICRC Standards Chairman Howard Wolf, "This standard is a true collaboration of the best minds and talent in the fields of cleaning, restoration and infection control. We are proud to add this standard to our family of restoration and remediation standards."

To purchase a copy of the new ANSI/IICRC S540: 2017 and other standards, visit IICRC Standards are also available via the IICRC Standards Subscription website at For more information on other certification programs and standards offered by IICRC, visit

About IICRC The IICRC is a global, ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) that credentials individuals in 20+ categories within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. Representing more than 54,000 certified technicians and 6,000 Certified Firms in 22 countries, the IICRC, in partnership with regional and international trade associations, represents the entire industry. The IICRC does not own schools, employ instructors, produce training materials or promote specific product brands, cleaning methods or systems. For more information, visit

Spokane group seeks supplies for medical mission trip to Uganda

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mon., April 3, 2017, midnight

A new Spokane mission group is sending its first medical team on April 18 to support orphans in Uganda.

The nonprofit Medical Assistance & Missional Outreach, or MAMO, is seeking supplies for medical kits through an Amazon wish list. Members on next month’s trip will deliver 18 medical kits to schools, offer medical clinics at seven sites, and provide training for pastors and teachers.

Six people on the team, including four from Spokane, will be in Uganda for nearly two weeks. They include one licensed EMT and a registered nurse along with volunteers. This trip’s main goal is to deliver kits and train people to use them, said team member Marchauna Rodgers.

MAMO formed after several people from Washington state went on a mission trip to Uganda last summer. Rodgers and others witnessed children who suffered from medical issues such as malaria and lacked access to basic medicines.

Several organizations have donated medical supplies toward the next trip, helping reduce the medical kits’ overall cost. Spokane’s Indaba Coffee has a specialty roast of Ugandan coffee, and the owner is donating money from each bag of that blend toward MAMO’s medical support.

Under long-term goals, the nonprofit plans to support Ugandan schools with nutrition and public health education, as well as help many pastors to open medical clinics at their schools. MAMO is working with 18 schools, each with 300 to 500 children.

More information is available at or by emailing

Spokane entrepreneurs Ron and Debbie Reed sell PacifiCAD after 28 years in business

4/4/2017 (Permalink)


The Spokesman Review

UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 6:09 p.m

By Becky Kramer 459-5466

Ron Reed launched PacifiCAD in his Chattaroy home in 1989 with a computer and a plotter.

Computer-aided design was transforming how architects, engineers and manufacturing companies did their drafting, modeling and design work. Reed recognized the new technology’s potential.

During a 28-year run, the business owned by Reed and his wife became a dominant force in Eastern Washington. PacifiCAD sold Autodesk software and provided consulting services.

In mid-March, the Reeds sold the company to IMAGINiT Technologies, a division of Rand Worldwide.

Reed said he and his wife, Debbie – PacifiCAD’s chief financial officer – were ready to retire, but the couple wanted to leave their customers and 30 employees in good hands.

“I think it’s a good move for Spokane and for our design community,” he said of the sale. “I always wanted to grow and provide a higher level of service.”

IMAGINiT has about 350 employees, with more than 100 technical support staff and 40 offices in the U.S. and Canada.

The company will keep PacifiCAD’s Spokane office in the Steam Plant building and retain the staff in Spokane, Seattle and Boise. Reed will continue working through the end of April to help with the transition.

As a young adult, Reed played in rock bands and did a variety of odd jobs. In his early 30s, he enrolled at ITT Technical Institute earned an associate degree in applied science.

He went to work for Telect, where he persuaded the founders, Bill and Judi Williams, to buy Telect’s first CAD system. While Reed worked there, he spent several years teaching CAD part-time at Gonzaga University.

“That’s where all the architects and engineers in town were going to learn CAD,” Reed said. “I got to meet almost all my future customers while I was teaching at Gonzaga. It was a huge opportunity.”

When Reed left Telect, former students heard he was available and started hiring him for projects.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” he said.

Rain, rain go away

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

As Halloween brought October to a close, meteorologists say Spokane has never received so much rain in any single month.

Through early afternoon Monday, 6.22 inches of rain fell on Spokane, shattering the previous record for any month – 5.85 inches set in November 1897, said Jon Fox, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Spokane. The third-highest amount is 5.71 inches in May 1948. Records have been kept since 1881.

The city saw 0.91 inches of rain on Sunday alone, which set a daily record. The previous record for Oct. 30 – 0.70 inches – was set in 1990.

But the rain kept falling after midnight on Sunday, bringing another 0.36 inches for a two-day total of 1.27 inches at Spokane International Airport, the city’s official weather reporting site.

“It rained and it rained and it never stopped,” Fox said.

The October total is more than a third of what the city normally gets in a full year, which is 16.53 inches of annual precipitation.

This October’s rain total is more than 5 inches above normal.

And only five days this month were rain-free.

The heaviest rainfall on Sunday night and Monday morning was confined to the Spokane region and areas to the northeast and into North Idaho.

One location at Mount Spokane reported 1.5 inches of rain from the overnight storm.

The heavy rain was triggered by a combination of two low-pressure systems along the Pacific Coast – one offshore of Washington and another off California.

Together, they created conditions for upward motion, or convection, in the atmosphere, which allowed for the heavier rain accumulations, forecasters said.

Rain clouds extending from nearby mountains may also have enhanced the storm, forecasters said.

Spokane is one of 21 locations across the Inland Northwest to set October rainfall records.

Topping the list was Priest River with 9.26 inches through Monday morning, followed by St. Maries at 9.19 inches and Boundary Dam at 8.76 inches.

Boundary Dam has more than doubled its previous monthly record of 3.97 inches set in 1968. However, the dam’s weather records date only to 1965.

Elsewhere, Kellogg had more than 8.8 inches; Colville, 5.82 inches; and Rosalia, 5.9 inches.

Pullman, Moscow and Davenport all had record amounts of around 5 inches for the month.

Of the ten highest monthly precipitation amounts, there are only four months not on the list: March, April, July and August.

A little more rain Monday afternoon wouldn’t come as a surprise, Fox said.

“I wouldn’t rule out some showers tonight during trick-or-treating, but it won’t be like last night or early this morning,” he said. “It’ll be pretty hit or miss.”

In addition to showery weather, the departing shot of the Sunday night storm should bring windy conditions with gusts to 36 mph this afternoon. Steady southwest winds will range from 14 to 20 mph through this evening.

The weather service posted a hazardous weather outlook for Monday because of the winds, which might gust to 40 mph in some locations of the region, including the West Plains in Spokane County and the Palouse.


By Mike Prager 459-5454

South Hill residents, be on alert

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

SPOKANE, Wash. -

“He looked me in the face. He knew I was afraid.”

That’s how a Spokane woman named Caroline began to describe what happened to her on the South Hill Friday. She asked that KHQ not show her face or share her last name because she said she is still terrified. Caroline said she and her dog Dexter were running through the trails on the High Drive bluff near Hatch Friday around 10:30 am when a man popped out from behind a tree and blindsided her.

“The trail goes into a very deep ravine, and it’s very dark in there. And that’s where he came out of the woods at me,” said Caroline. “I was absolutely panicked. I’m not going to lie I was panicked.”

Caroline said she started to run faster, but the man came after her.

“He started trying to engage me in conversation, asking me where I was parked, could I help him, where did I come from. He was looking for a woman with a backpack,” said Caroline.

She said she knew something wasn’t right.

“I started running very fast, and I turned around and he turned and starting running after me,” said Caroline.

She called her husband and didn’t stop running until she made it back up the bluff.

“I was up there gasping trying to catch my breath,” said Caroline.

Seconds later, Caroline realized the man was still coming after her.

“I stood there and straight up from the bushes the guy came. Literally he had been right behind me,” said Caroline. “He chased me for a mile.”

Caroline said she got a good look at the man before she continued to run away. Once she made it safely to her car, she called 911 and gave a description. She said the man was in his 30s, white, between 5’10” and 6’ tall, 160 to 170 pounds with reddish blond hair. She and her husband put that description on flyers placed throughout the bluffs.

“We just thought that women needed to be aware,” said Caroline.

Caroline added that she is still not sure if she’ll run through the bluffs in the future, but if she does, she’ll be armed.

“In the past, I did not carry a weapon. I will carry one now,” said Caroline.

KHQ asked Spokane Police if there have been other cases like Caroline's recently, and they said no. Police did say to trust your instincts and call 911 if you think you're in danger.

Real Estate with Melissa Murphy

7/29/2016 (Permalink)

The July meeting of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce featured speaker Melissa Murphy with her presentation on The State of Real Estate.  Melissa is a Spokane native who graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor's degree in political science and received her Masters in Business Administration in 2012.  During her tenure as a top agent, Melissa has listed and sold hundreds of properties throughout Spokane and Northern Idaho.  She has been a predominant player in the world of real estate by evolvong as the masket has.  She has maintained a consistent reputation for high customer service and client success.  Most recently, Melissa received a nod from Catalyst magazine for Business Woman of the Year.  Her brokerage, Prime Real Esate Group, has offices in both Spokane and Coeur d'Alene and comprises 30 agents, in0house agent serv ice and full administrative staff.

(Excerpt from The West Plains Chamber of Commerce)