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Originally published Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Roof collapse, landslide as heavy rains hit Wash.

A November storm that brought heavy rain to the Washington lowlands and snow to the mountains is blamed for the collapse of part of a roof on a Tacoma building and a landslide that temporarily closed part of an east King County highway.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

A November storm that brought heavy rain to the Washington lowlands and snow to the mountains is blamed for the collapse of part of a roof on a Tacoma building and a landslide that temporarily closed part of an east King County highway.

No one was hurt when part of the roof on a downtown Tacoma Public Works building collapsed on Tuesday afternoon. Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Chandler says heavy rain is the likely culprit.

A landslide Tuesday evening blocked westbound State Highway 202 in east King County southwest of Carnation. The Washington Transportation Department said all lanes would remain closed for as long as 12 hours while crews clear the debris and drain a storm water retention pond that threatened to destabilize a nearby embankment. No one was caught in the slide.

Minor flooding was reported on Western Washington's Skokomish River.

The National Weather Service says 24-hour rainfall totals topped 5 inches near Hood Canal. Tacoma reported 1.82 inches while Shelton had 3.29 inches and Castle Rock in southwest Washington tallied 2.72 inches.

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