High water closes Highway 112 near Pysht

PYSHT — State Highway 112 was closed near Pysht on Wednesday because of high water from the Pysht River, the state Department of Transportation said.

The road was closed in both directions at 4:07 a.m. due to water over the roadway between mileposts 28 and 29, Transportation officials said.

The highway reopened at 2:52 p.m.

The closure was about 5 miles east of the junction of state Highway 112 and state Highway 113-Burnt Mountain Road.

Motorists traveling west on state Highway 112 to Clallam Bay and beyond were able to detour on U.S. Highway 101 and Burnt Mountain Road during the closure.

Other rivers of the North Olympic Peninsula were running higher than average Wednesday but remained well below flood stage.

A National Weather Service station on Ellis Mountain near the headwaters of the Pysht River reported 1.93 inches of rain for the 24-hour period ending at 4 a.m. Wednesday.

The official weather station at Quillayute Airport near Forks had 2.42 inches of rain over the same time.

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