Washington Flooding

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by MJ5150, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I'm sure most of you have heard about the horrible flooding in this region from the wind and rain storm, but some may not. It started last weekend, and some areas around here are still inaccessible. My family was fine. No flooding at all where I live. Just big puddles around storm drains that made for some fun driving around town.

    My mother-in-law lives in Winlock. She lost her mobile home. Her front yard turned into a raging river and it washed her home away. She was evacuated by the National Guard the day before it happened. She was able to get most of the valuables out of her home, but not everything. She is staying with family up north of us for now.

    My brother-in-law lives in Pe Ell with his G/F and her son, and he lost his home as well. He was renting the place. It filled with water and now everything is ruined. They got out of the house as the water was coming in from his basement and filling the house. He grabbed two bags of clothes and important items and took off. The house is there, under 6'-8' of water right now. The town he lives in is only accessible by boat at the moment. He is at a Red Cross shelter.

    My wife has some friends from her childhood who have owned and operated a dairy farm near Winlock since the 50's. It's been in the family since then. All of it is completely gone. All the cows were killed except a few, the barns are destroyed, their home was ruined, and floodwater has ruined everything else.

    A 20 mile stretch of I-5, the main interstate freeway from Canada to Mexico, has been closed since Monday. The water that was as high as 10' is draining from the freeway, and revealing devastating damage to the freeway. I-5 opened this morning to commercial vehicles only. Someone estimated that it was costing our state economy $4,000,000 per day to have I-5 closed.

    Here are some links to pictures of how bad things are..flooding, more flooding.

  2. My God man, I am so sorry to hear about all this, I am just glad you're all safe...

    Damn. :(
  3. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    I'm glad to hear you're safe. Possessions can be replaced, people cannot.
  4. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing.

    Nasty business, Mike. Hope your friends and family all land on their feet quickly.

    I mixed a band last night who were coming down here from Seattle. The detour through Snoqualmie Pass and Yakima made a 3 1/2 hour drive 7 instead. My wife's been dealing with all the diverted traffic all week out on Hwy 97. It's a mess down here too, but nothing like what you're describing.

    One Talkbasser drove from the Hood River GTG last Sunday back to Bellevue, and he completely lucked out in avoiding the worst of the flooding and the interstate closure.
  5. bassguppy


    Jan 8, 2003
    I lived in Tumwater several years ago. Luckily, your family and friends are all safe, that is the most important thing. Although they will have to rebuild what's been lost. :meh:

    My thoughts are with you all.
  6. disenchant

    disenchant You can't plagiarize yourself.

    Aug 9, 2006
    Elgin, IL
    Wow, that's horrible! I'm glad you and your family are safe, but I feel for anyone who lost all their valuables. Even though it's just stuff, some of it can't really be replaced.

    For all the inventions and discoveries we have, Mother Nature still wins.
  7. I'm really sorry to hear that, Mike. We were really lucky here -- we'd already taken down some trees that might have fallen, so the only damage we got was the satellite dish being blown off the roof (the bolts sheared right off!). The flooding was bad, but nowhere near as bad as it was in Washington. If this had happened in the south, it would have qualified as a hurricane.

    Hopefully the Feds and the state govt. will come together and for once get everything moving in the right direction to help people get back on their feet.

    Best of luck to you and your family.