Flood water flows Tuesday (Jan. 7, 2020) through a yard then over the Mox-Chehalis Road near Porter, Washington. Grays Harbor Emergency Management closed multiple roads because of water or landslides Tuesday. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

Flood water flows Tuesday (Jan. 7, 2020) through a yard then over the Mox-Chehalis Road near Porter, Washington. Grays Harbor Emergency Management closed multiple roads because of water or landslides Tuesday. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

Flooding, slides close roads across county

  • Tue Jan 7th, 2020 12:26pm
  • News

The Satsop and part of the Chehalis rivers were under flood warnings Tuesday (Jan. 7) after days of heavy rain. Grays Harbor Emergency Management has closed about a dozen roads across the county because of flooding or landslides.

“We have a couple landslides that have occurred overnight and in the morning. One slide is near Moclips on state Route 109 at milepost 34. The last report I got was that it was still blocking both lanes,” Hannah Cleverly, the GHEM deputy director said Tuesday morning. “The other slide is on state Route 109 at milepost 2, just west of 109 spur in Hoquiam. That slide is still active. They are still watching it and seeing what it will do. They have a (Washington State Department of Transportation) geologist on scene assessing the slide. I expect it to be closed at least into this afternoon or evening.”

Standing water, on roadways and nearly up to the doorstep in some cases, was causing problems countywide and likely will continue to into the weekend.

“Various roads are closed due to flood. The Satsop River is in flood warning and the Chehalis River near Porter is in flood warning,” Cleverly said.

The flood warning is in effect until Friday (Jan. 10) afternoon. The Chehalis River is expected to crest at about a foot above flood stage around 10 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 8).

The National Weather service said, “the Chehalis River in Grays Harbor will flood low pasture lands and some roads. High tidal levels at Aberdeen will worsen flooding along the lower reaches.”

GHEM’s website lists road closures (tinyurl.com/GHRoadClosures) and places where residents can get sandbags (tinyurl.com/GHSandbags).

Cleverly stressed the dangers that come with flood water.

“People should not drive through any water. It only take a small amount of water to lift a car up,” she said. “One of the sayings we like people to remember is ‘Turn around, don’t drown.’ Don’t ever enter into flooded roadways. We don’t want anybody to pass through flooded roads. If you come across a road that is flooded and doesn’t have any signage, please call the Grays Harbor Communications non-emergency number (360-533-8765) and let us know.”

 

A home on Mox-Chehalis Road near Porter has a flooded driveway Tuesday (Jan. 7, 2020). The National Weather Service in Seattle issued a flood warning for the Chehalis and Satsop rivers on Tuesday morning. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

A home on Mox-Chehalis Road near Porter has a flooded driveway Tuesday (Jan. 7, 2020). The National Weather Service in Seattle issued a flood warning for the Chehalis and Satsop rivers on Tuesday morning. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

A house is surrounded by floodwaters Tuesday (Jan. 7, 2020) along the Mox-Chehalis Road near Porter, Washington. Grays Harbor Emergency Management advises drivers to turn around when they see water over a roadway. The National Weather Service in Seattle issued a flood warning for the Chehalis River on Tuesday morning. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

A house is surrounded by floodwaters Tuesday (Jan. 7, 2020) along the Mox-Chehalis Road near Porter, Washington. Grays Harbor Emergency Management advises drivers to turn around when they see water over a roadway. The National Weather Service in Seattle issued a flood warning for the Chehalis River on Tuesday morning. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

A truck drives Tuesday (Jan. 7, 2020) through water flowing over the Mox-Chehalis Road near Porter, Washington. The National Weather Service in Seattle issued a flood warning for the Chehalis River near Porter on Tuesday morning. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

A truck drives Tuesday (Jan. 7, 2020) through water flowing over the Mox-Chehalis Road near Porter, Washington. The National Weather Service in Seattle issued a flood warning for the Chehalis River near Porter on Tuesday morning. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

The Chehalis River floods Tuesday (Jan. 7, 2020) into a field near south of Elma, Washington. The National Weather Service in Seattle issued a flood warning for the Chehalis River near Porter on Tuesday morning. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

The Chehalis River floods Tuesday (Jan. 7, 2020) into a field near south of Elma, Washington. The National Weather Service in Seattle issued a flood warning for the Chehalis River near Porter on Tuesday morning. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

A vehicle drives Tuesday (Jan. 7, 2020) through water flowing over Newman Creek Road into a field near Satsop, Washington. The National Weather Service in Seattle issued a flood warning for the Satsop River on Tuesday morning. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

A vehicle drives Tuesday (Jan. 7, 2020) through water flowing over Newman Creek Road into a field near Satsop, Washington. The National Weather Service in Seattle issued a flood warning for the Satsop River on Tuesday morning. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP A landslide blocked State Route 109 just west of Hoquiam early Tuesday morning. The hillside remained unstable Tuesday morning, as crews looked at options for clearing the roadway. There was no estimated time for the roadway to reopen as of Tuesday morning.

DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP A landslide blocked State Route 109 just west of Hoquiam early Tuesday morning. The hillside remained unstable Tuesday morning, as crews looked at options for clearing the roadway. There was no estimated time for the roadway to reopen as of Tuesday morning.

DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP City of Hoquiam and State Department of Transportation workers, along with Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers, assess the slide that closed State Route 109 just west of mile post 2 early Tuesday morning. The roadway was blocked in both directions with a detour set up at the State Route 109 spur. There is no estimated time for the roadway to open as of Tuesday morning.

DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP City of Hoquiam and State Department of Transportation workers, along with Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers, assess the slide that closed State Route 109 just west of mile post 2 early Tuesday morning. The roadway was blocked in both directions with a detour set up at the State Route 109 spur. There is no estimated time for the roadway to open as of Tuesday morning.

Basich Boulevard in Aberdeen remained closed on Tuesday morning due to an active landslide. (Photo by Thorin Sprandel | Grays Harbor News Group)

Basich Boulevard in Aberdeen remained closed on Tuesday morning due to an active landslide. (Photo by Thorin Sprandel | Grays Harbor News Group)

The landslide on Basich Boulevard in Aberdeen on Tuesday morning after heavy rain. (Photo by Thorin Sprandel | Grays Harbor News Group)

The landslide on Basich Boulevard in Aberdeen on Tuesday morning after heavy rain. (Photo by Thorin Sprandel | Grays Harbor News Group)

 

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