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Posts tagged "flooding"
Rains clog Highway 153 culvert, but road remains open to traffic

Rains clog Highway 153 culvert, but road remains open to traffic

By Ann McCreary and Laurelle Walsh
A 4-foot diameter culvert installed this summer to contain runoff from the Leecher Creek drainage became plugged with mud and debris brought down by rain Thursday afternoon (Dec. 11) and sent water over State Highway 153 again. The culvert was installed after …
State will take Hwy. 153 property condemnation to court

State will take Hwy. 153 property condemnation to court

By Ann McCreary State transportation officials will take condemnation proceedings to court to acquire property from Patrick Fitzgerald, who lives at the mouth of Benson Creek where flash flooding destroyed a section of Highway 153 last summer. Fitzgerald has objected to the way the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) repaired the highway after intense...
Highway 153 finally re-opened to through traffic; repairs continue

Highway 153 finally re-opened to through traffic; repairs continue

By Ann McCreary
In a push to get state highways 153 and 20 open before a federal emergency contract ends, construction crews worked through the weekend to complete paving damaged sections to allow traffic through. Highway 153 was finally opened to traffic on Monday (Oct. 13) after…
Highway 153 property owner to fight condemnation

Highway 153 property owner to fight condemnation

By Ann McCreary
Patrick Fitzgerald will “vigorously resist the state’s efforts to condemn his land” in order to repair a washout on Highway 153 at Benson Creek, according to a statement from his attorney. Fitzgerald has refused to negotiate sale …
Methow River Cleanup Oct. 3

Methow River Cleanup Oct. 3

On October 3, a group of volunteers led by guides from Globetrouters and Methow Fishing Adventures hauled nearly one ton of trash out of the Methow River that flashflooding in September had deposited there.
New rain gauges will give early flood warnings

New rain gauges will give early flood warnings

By Ann McCreary
New rain gauges are being installed within the Carlton Complex Fire boundaries to provide an early warning system for flash floods. Approximately 15 rain gauges will be placed throughout the …
Repair work continues on damaged highways

Repair work continues on damaged highways

By Ann McCreary
Highway 153 remains closed south of Benson Creek while state transportation officials try to reach agreement with a landowner in order to repair damage caused by flooding and mudslides last month. Work continues on other damaged sections of …
Fire, flood, mud: insurance benefits can vary greatly 

Fire, flood, mud: insurance benefits can vary greatly 

By Marcy Stamper
An estimated 45 percent of people who lost homes or property in the wildfires had no insurance, including almost all the renters. But the rest — in the midst of cleaning up debris, figuring out where they will live, buying new clothes, and coping with grief — have been dealing with insurance adjusters. Despite the...
Volunteers, agencies team up to clear slide debris from river

Volunteers, agencies team up to clear slide debris from river

By Marcy Stamper

Steve Taylor, a professional river guide who has logged hundreds of thousands of miles on local rivers, was concerned about the impact on the Methow River when a torrent of mud and water cascaded down hillsides last month, destroying a dozen houses.

With several of the damaged properties perched just...

Detours will continue as repairs made on state highways

Detours will continue as repairs made on state highways

By Ann McCreary

Motorists should expect detours and delays to continue for several weeks on state highways 20 and 153, which were extensively damaged in recent floods and mudslides. Sections of both highways — two of the three highways that access the Methow Valley — were washed out …