CONCERN SHIFTS TO POTENTIAL LANDSLIDES AND RIVER SHORELINES

CHEHALIS – High river waters are going down, so are the water packed culverts. Now the concern is soaked soil and the deterioration of hillsides and river shorelines. In a report to the Lewis County Commissioners on Monday, Lewis County Public Works Director Josh Metcalf says, “We did sustain some additional damage along Shorey Road. We are monitoring that.  We did a temporary repair out there this summer and we have funds that have been allocated from the fed level to do a permanent. That’s about a $1.2 million dollar project.  It is more critical now than it was before.” Metcalf added that improvements along Newaukum Valley Road seems to have weathered the storms. At Lewis County Emergency Management, Deputy Director Ross McDowell says landslides throughout the county are a potential. McDowell says, “Look to see if you see any kind of water running through and see water coming out of the dirt and mud, or if you see trees leaning. Those are telltale signs of something wrong.” Washington is one of the most landslide-prone states in the U.S. According to the Department of Natural Resources.

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