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This past week we've been slammed with what the meteorologist called "The Pineapple Express," an extreme rain front brought in from the far Pacific. Outlying areas of the Puget Sound region have been hard hit by flash floods and rivers overflowing their banks. Homes flooded and foundations of a fewl homes eroded to the point of near collapse. People were trapped in vehicles carried away in torrents. Mount Rainier National Park roadways and facilities were so greatly affected that closure of some areas is expected to last through the end of the year. Here in the city of Seattle itself the effects were not so greatly felt. The rains and wind have knocked most of the leaves from the trees, so many streets and sidewalks now look "paved with gold." Seattle+record+rains Pineapple+Express El+NinoLa+Nina Seattle+floods Puget+Sound+area+floods