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Child's body found Ore. creek where car swept away

By Rachel La Corte

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jan. 19 2012 7:05 a.m. MST

Floodwaters run over Gun Club Road in Independence, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Though most of the Willamette Valley's overnight snow rapidly melted away, heavy wind and rain whipped through the region.

Statesman-Journal, Thomas Patterson, Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Pacific Northwest storm has claimed its first life — a child whose body was pulled from an Oregon creek where a car was swept away from a grocery store parking lot.

Fire Department spokeswoman Wanda Omdahl says the search for a missing adult continues in the creek in Albany, Ore., about 70 miles south of Portland, Ore.

She says another child and a man were rescued Wednesday night after the mishap. That child was taken to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland.

Omdahl says Periwinkle Creek flooded from heavy rain and took the car from the parking lot of Mega Foods about 7 p.m. Wednesday.

In Washington, the National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for the Seattle area and the southwest interior until noon.

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