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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Donavan Willcutt, Public Works Director, (360) 867-2271 or WillcutD@co.thurston.wa.us
Steve Romines, Emergency Services Director, (360) 704-2780 or Romines@co.thurston.wa.us

Emergency Declaration Passed to Aid Mudslide Repair
Funding, contracts fast-tracked to stabilize hillside and begin repairs

The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners approved an emergency declaration today that will allow the county's Public Works Department to fast-track the funding and contracts needed to clean up a mudslide on Prather Road SW near Grunenfelder Road SW. Water, mud and debris have continued to slide in the area since the initial slide on February 18 occurred after a series of heavy rainstorms swept through the region.

"We want to get started as soon as possible on stabilizing the hillside. We've been tracking the debris and water movement in the slide area, and we're seeing increased damage to the roadbed as the hillside continues to slide, so we need to get that squared away before we can begin the road repairs," said Public Works Director Donavan Willcutt.

The emergency declaration is needed to make the county eligible for funds from the Rural Arterial Program to clean up the mudslide and make the necessary repairs to the roadbed and the nearby culvert and stream that were inundated with slide debris. The declaration also allows the county to fast-track contracts for the work.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3