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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Kathy Estes, Emergency Manager, (360) 867-2800

Several Roads Remain Closed Near Chehalis River

Several Thurston County roads remain closed as of 2 p.m. today due to flooding near the Chehalis River. Even though flood waters are receding, flooding on the following roadways is still a hazard, and drivers are reminded to obey closure signs and not to drive on flooded roads:
  • Moon Road SW at 183rd Avenue SW
  • 201st Avenue SW at Independence Road SW
  • Moon Road SW at State Route 12
  • Independence Road SW from Van Dyke Road SW to Marble Street SW
  • Gravel portion of Anderson Road SW north of State Route 12

"The Chehalis River basin drains very slowly and it will take a while for all of the flooded areas and roads to clear," says Thurston County Emergency Manager Kathy Estes. "The Chehalis River and other area rivers are still running high and more rain is on the way, so drivers should be cautious throughout the holiday weekend and not drive on flooded roadways."

The National Weather Service Flood Warning remains in effect for the Chehalis River at Grand Mound until late Wednesday night. Though the Chehalis flood waters peaked at Grand Mound about one foot above flood stage earlier today, the river continues to run high and flood waters will recede slowly through Thursday evening. The weather forecast through the Thanksgiving weekend is not anticipated to bring rivers in Thurston County up to flood stage again.

Road closure updates and other information about area flooding from recent storms is available on the Thurston County Emergency Management webpages at www.co.thurston.wa.us/em/EI/EI.htm.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3