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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Latest on Flooding Events

Kelso - The Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners formally declared a flood emergency at 10:20 pm on December 8th, 2015. The Incident Command Post opened at 8 pm. Emergency response teams have been established to provide traffic control and assist residents needing to evacuate. Schools have been cancelled in all areas except Toutle-Lake and Woodland

Major flooding has occurred in downtown Kalama and essential city services have been transferred to other locations. City Hall has been moved to the Kalama Community Center, fire district operations are headquartered at the Cloverdale Station, and Kalama Police are working out of the Hall of Justice in Kelso.

Kalama River Road has multiple slides, stranding over 800 households along the Kalama River. The County has an engineer and multiple road crews on site working to open the road as soon as possible. Residents are urged to stay home until emergency crews can clear the road.