An early morning crash forced the closure of the onramp from state Highway 14 to Interstate 205 south on Friday.
The crash was reported around 5 a.m. What looked like building materials were spilled into the roadway and median. The onramp had to be closed for the cleanup. There was no word on injuries or further details on the crash.
A crash midspan on I-205 backed traffic up to state Highway 500 by 8:30 a.m.
The I-205 crashes weren’t the only issues causing traffic delays during the Friday morning commute.
Water over the roadway on Interstate 5 south near the 78th Street onramp had the left lane blocked around 8 a.m., according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. And a collision slowed both east and westbound traffic on state Highway 14 near Ellsworth Street.
Traffic on state Highway 14 west was backed up to the Grand Central Fred Meyer due to slowing on Interstate 5.
Water over roadways due to clogged storm drains were reported around the county.
Clark County and southwest Washington through the I-5 corridor in Cowlitz County remain in a flood watch through tonight, according to the National Weather Service in Portland. “Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Creeks and streams may rise out of their banks. Street flooding and flooding of creeks and rivers are possible.”
Clark Public Utilities reported periodic outages around the county starting Thursday night. Around 8:40 a.m. about 55 customers lost power in the Salmon Creek area, with another outage north of Ireland in east Clark County. According the the website, some 1,700 customers had recently had power restored. To report an outage, call PowerLine at 360-992-8000 or visit https://www.clarkpublicutilities.com/outages-safety/report-an-outage-pre-form/.