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January 2009Crews closed SR 9 south of Snohomish to traffic the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 8 after record rains caused flooding over the roadway. The road remained closed for four days until crews were able to reopen a lane for northbound traffic on Monday, Jan. 12. The road was opened to southbound traffic early the following morning.See photos of storm damage across the stateCrews inspect the roadway as waters recede. Flooding undermined the roadway in several areas. Crews must remove and replace a section of pavement about five feet wide and 2000 feet long. To keep traffic off of the damaged sections of roadway, southbound traffic has been rerouted to one lane of the partially-completed lanes on the west side of the highway. We have reduced the speed limit to 40 mph to keep drivers and crews safe. The temporary alignment has narrow lanes and no shoulders.Flooding also undermined and washed out sections of the new Airport and Springhetti roadways still under construction.Looking north as waters recede along the east side of the highway.Looking south as waters recede along the east side of the highway.Crews closed the highway for four days until the water receded.Record rain cause significant flooding in much of western Washington. Here, water flows over SR 9 south of Snohomish.