Washington state salmon hatcheries damaged by heavy rains

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state wildlife experts say recent rain has damaged some salmon hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest. KOMO-TV reported Wednesday that flooding inundated some of the facilities, young salmon were swept away and sediment spilled into egg strays killing some of the unborn fish. Experts say the effects of the damage could be experienced for years to come. Hatchery workers on the Nisqually Indian Reservation, in Puyallup and other regions in the state have experienced varying degrees of wet weather effects. Experts say it is likely that wild salmon were affected by the rain too.