Weather Forecast


Pierce County suffers flooding along Rush River, Trimbelle Creek

The Rush River bridge and the intersection of 790th Avenue and 535th Street in Martell is underwater this morning. According to a press release from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, official are evacuating Martell and El Paso residents who live along the Rush. Judy Wiff photo.

Heavy rain from Tuesday evening's storm has left parts of Pierce County under water, especially along the Rush River and Trimbelle Creek. Sections of Highway 10 and 63 were closed by Pierce County Sheriff's deputies Wednesday morning.

A flash flood warning was in effect for the county until noon.

Highway 10 near CTH. A was closed at 6 a.m. this morning and the Rush River swollen to cover 100 feet of roadway near Wieser's Concrete.

The Rush also overflowed its banks along Highway 72 near the Ellsworth Rod and Gun Club. Langer's East End Bar was surrounded by water in this area along with nearby campsites.

Highway 63 was closed as reports came in of the Rush River rising to a point where three feet of water covered the 790th Avenue and 535th Street bridge in Martell.

Airboats were reportedly used to evacuate people in El Paso at around 5:50 a.m. although water was reportedly receding by 7:30 a.m.

Trimbelle Creek also overflowed its banks near the Gas Lite Bar and Grill, Vietnam Veterans Memorial building and Trimbelle Recreation Area campground. There was also flood damage near Valley Bar and Grill as well off Highway 10.

River Falls reported 3.67 inches of rain fell in the city Tuesday evening.

Continue to check the Pierce County Herald website throughout the day for more information on the flooding and photos as well.