WENATCHEE — Heavy rains pounded parts of the Wenatchee Valley on Thursday, soaking neighborhoods, sending mud into some streets and blowing off manhole covers.
The downpour began about 1:15 p.m. and flooding led authorities to close No. 2 Canyon on Wenatchee's west side for a few hours as debris was removed.
In the city, police and public works crews responded to snarled traffic and cars stranded in knee-high water.
No serious damage, however, was reported by early evening.
“I think we got pretty lucky here in the city,” Wenatchee Police Capt. Edgar Reinfeld said.
About a half-inch of rain fell at Pangborn Memorial Airport Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. But the storm may have been at its most intense in Wenatchee and the surrounding foothills.
Chelan County Public Works crews spent most of the afternoon clearing debris from No. 2 Canyon Road.
There was no structural damage, but a couple inches of mud covered Mike Whalen's corrals up No. 2 Canyon. Luckily, his horses, cows and bunny came out of the downpour just fine, he said.
"It could have been worse, it could always be worse," he said. "You have to look at the bright side."
The storm system moved out of the Wenatchee Valley about 2 p.m. and was moving north.
The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for areas in and around Entiat and Chelan, but there were ultimately no flood problems, said Rich Magnussen of Chelan County Emergency Management. The Weather Service is calling for a chance of showers and thunderstorms today and over the weekend.
World staff writer Reilly Kneedler contributed to this report.