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Heavy rain swells North Shore rivers, waterfalls (with video)

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After storms dropped a half-foot of rain on parts of the North Shore from Thursday into early Friday, rivers responded with a show of force usually reserved for spring runoff.

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The Temperance and Cascade rivers were among those running high Friday, putting on a show for North Shore visitors who ventured out on the sunny morning. The watersheds of those two rivers reach into the area where the heaviest rain fell during several rounds of storms.

Parts of the falls trail at Cascade River State Park was coated with a fresh layer of mud near Highway 61, where floodwaters backed up early Friday and deposited sediment carried down from points upstream. The trail system was open and in good shape overall, officials said.

In at least a couple places - near Cascade Lodge and to the east, near Cutface Creek - the high water affected Highway 61 for a time early Friday morning. By mid-morning the road was open, though reduced to one lane near Cascade Lodge as crews repaired a washout.

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