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February 22, 2012 at 6:53 AM

Morning Memo/Wednesday: 520 fatality … rain, floods and avalanches

Weather: You’ve probably noticed the rain this morning, but the Weather Service says it could taper off later in the day. Whew. In fact, the forecast calls for some sun breaks tomorrow, but then we’re in for rain again on Friday. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: A woman was killed in a crash early this morning  in Bellevue. The accident closed the westbound lanes of  Highway 520 west of I-405. Details to come. KING5 says Sounder service is on hold due to slides this morning. It’s a wet and slippery commute. Rather messy in many places out there. The map and cams.

Snohomish County councilman is calling for embattled County Exec Aaron Reardon to go on leave. Reardon is being investigated for allegedly using county funds for non-county activities.

Stevens Pass remains closed this morning due to snow slides. We’ll keep you posted.

Some flooding: There are reports this morning of flooding on the Snoqualmie River, particularly in the city of Snohomish. We’ll have an update as this morning progresses. KING5 is reporting that a man was stranded along the Snoqualmie River, but he’s been rescued …

March & rally in support of Tibet, in Ballard: Some 100 people are expected to march and rally in Seattle today in support of the non-violent, grassroots effort for Tibetan independence known as Lhakar. The march is scheduled to get under way at 11:30 a.m. from the Sakya Monastery at 108 Northwest 83rd Street and move along 15th Avenue West and end at Westlake Park. A protest is scheduled in the park from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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