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Emergencies declared after record rains

PORTLAND, Ore. — As a storm that drenched Washington and Oregon for two days spent its force, trucks set to work on the Pacific Northwest coast dumping gravel to prevent houses from sliding into the ocean.

The record-setting rains killed at least one person, closed roads and threatened hundreds of homes. But forecasters predicted the rains would relent today.

"It’s gone," said Dan Keirns, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire declared an emergency for 18 counties, authorizing the National Guard and the Emergency Management Division to offer assistance. Helicopters and hovercraft were put to work making rescues.

Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski declared an emergency in coastal Tillamook County, where about 100 people were evacuated because of rising floodwaters.

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