Heavy rains cause Tacoma flooding, mudslide

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TACOMA, Wash. -- Heavy rains caused flooding in some areas of the South Sound. It also forced a mudslide to shut down parts of a major road in Tacoma. Tacoma Police confirm the southbound lanes of Schuster Parkway were closed through the night following that mudslide.

As students arrived at Stadium High for their homecoming dance Saturday night, they got a glimpse of their bowl that has been flooding throughout the day.

Stadium High School’s bowl is no stranger to flooding, and it’s one of the many spots that will have to recover from all this rain.

The rain slamming down in Tacoma didn’t keep everyone inside. In fact, people like Angie Rapada rushed to watch Mother Nature in action as water poured into the Stadium High School Bowl.

“I wanted to see if everybody was ok, but there was literally a river coming down 2nd, and there was water halfway up to my knees,” said Rapada.

Tacoma Public Schools said maintenance crews have been observing the bowl and moving equipment from the field house.

They said the damage so far is minimal, other than some debris on the field.

“We just came down to check out the stadium bowl flooding again for the upteenth time in the last few years,” said neighbor Tanya Bates.

On Schuster Parkway, a mudslide closed southbound lanes, which backed up traffic and frustrated drivers.

However, despite the traffic and rain, Wendy Thorsnes and her family braved high waters anyway for a major event they don’t see every day.

Fortunately there have been no reported injuries from this rain event.

As for Tacoma Public Schools, a representative tells me the drainage system worked just as it should.  They believe the brief flooding occurred from a backup in the city’s storm drainage system.