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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 8, 2001, Centralia, Washington All area football weekend edition chronicle a Loving gesture chronicle picks All Star team by 50 cents saturday dec. 8,2001serving the greater Lewis county area since 1889 Centralia girl shears to inches of her hair for kids with cancer cd weather ahead heavy Rains recently experts agree it May flood but then again it May not by Brian Mittge the chronicle fresh off a year Long drought. Southwest Washington has dashed into its traditional Rainy season without looking Back. There s no accurate Way to predict weather More than a week in Advance said Doug Mcdonnal hydrologist for the National weather service in Seattle but Lon term weather patterns indicate the rest of the Rainy season could be especially wet. It certainly has been so far. Rainfall in october and november was Well above average causing Rivers to hover near flood stage several times during november. Hard Rains Over the past month have erased any a a reserved of dryness that might have existed from the 18 parched months that came before Mcdonnal said. He said Washington is currently in a climactic period poised Between the Al Wirlo and la nifty weather Phenomena in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. A historically Winters during the Neutral phase of that Cycle tend to be Active Winters in Western Washington with a lot of variability in the weather and very wet periods Quot Mcdonnal said including the potential for a a pineapple express Type pattern mat produces major flooding the Neutral phase can also bring the heavy winds and Low Elevation Snow that also make for Lively Winters he added. It looks As if a mild Al Nino phenomenon will develop later in the Winter he said but a if that does no to happen until say. Late january or february we might have already had enough Winter weather to satisfy everyone s taste by that time Al Nino indicates warmer surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific. Please see weather Kige a Gary j. Cichow Akl the chronicle the Kosmos Flats in Riffe Lake As pictured today. Although still not at full capacity the Lake has risen dramatically during the recent torrents of rain. Graphic by Jeremiah j a ii ton the chronicle / Lewis county emergency management a flood phase 1 Orange inundate Low flood prone areas May cover a few roads and occur every few years on the average. A flood phase 2 Pink May cause Many roads and some residential and commercial areas to become flooded. Waters May Rise 2 to 4 feet higher than phase 1. A flood phase 3 purple floods May become deep and hazardous in Many areas. Flood Levels May become As High As those of the january 1990 flood. A flood phase 4 Blue a majority of commercial and residential areas within the Region May become inundated. Few roads will be uncovered and Many roads May have deep and Swift water Over them. In the february 1996 flood the Chehalis River was at phase 4. The Skookumchuck and Newaukum were at phase 3. Flood control a longtime dream a of life Progress $4 million multiyear study should yield top alternative in january by Brian Mittge the chronicle after 70 years of on again off again study the . Army corps of engineers is on the Cusp of a single plan for reducing flood damage in the twin cities area. By mid january a preferred alternative should be ready for Public inspection with a final decision made by september 2002, said Beth Coffey manager for the Centralia flood damage reduction project. Since the february 1996 flood brought the Chehalis Basin Back into the limelight a number of ideas for controlling floods have been whittled Down to two which Are being studied now. One includes changes to the Skookumchuck dam to allow it to hold Back More floodwaters during heavy rainfall. A new High water flood Channel would be created on the West Side of the Chehalis River Between the twin cities and the Banks of the River near Mellen Street would be excavated to allow More water to pass through. In theory less water from the Skookumchuck and speedier passage of Chehalis River water should Lessen flood damage. The other alternative being studied is construction of a major system of levees similar to the one protecting the Chehalis Centralia Airport from most floods. Quot theirs is pretty Low and can easily be overtopped now by any major floods a Coffey said noting new levees would be tailored to each location. The possibility of dredging the Basalt Quot Hump Quot in the Chehalis River just below its Confluence with the Skookumchuck was not closely examined said Leslie Kaye corps worker. Dredging has major environmental effects and is a relatively Short term solution she said. A i guess there was talk a Long time please see control Page a by Brian Mittge the chronicle its not a matter of if another disastrous season of flooding will hit local Rivers. Its simply a question of when emergency officials say. A history has shown us that if you live in the Valley at some Point in time you re going to see some flooding a said Centralia Community development director Terry Calkins. Quot that a the Way it whether its a flood that shuts Down All major local roads an earthquake or any other emergency officials say citizens should be Able to provide for themselves for at least three Days. This Means jugs of water food that can be eaten cold flashlights and batteries even pet supplies. Transportation through the twin cities can become a Challenge or even an impossibility Dunn extreme floods. Interstate 5 was impassible during 1990 and 1996 floods and High Waters also covered other North South roads including Scheuber and Kresky. When that happens nearly everything stops except travel by boats and helicopters. There is simply no reasonable Way to travel from South Chehalis to North Centralia Dunn the highest floods. Nearly All fatalities Dunn a flood happen within a car or a truck tvo people died in in the twin cities during the floods of 1990. Driving through any standing water even if it appears to be shallow can end in tragedy say emergency officials. Please set floods Page a Pennington resigns state seat for Federal appointment moving on state representative a Carrolls will Lead regional division of Federal emergency management Agency by the chronicle and the associated press state rep. John Pennington an 18th District Republican will resign from his legislative seat to accept an appointment by the Bush administration As a regional director for the Federal emergency management Agency. A at this time of War and with the growing threat of Bio terrorism i Felt the request John Pennington from the president and the director of Fema to accept this appointment was really a Call to duty a said Pennington who will oversee Fem a a Region to covering Alaska Idaho Oregon and Washington. Pennington will vacate his seat effective dec. 17, and a Republican appointee will take Over his duties until the november elections next year. Pennington has served in the Washington state House of representatives since 1994, and has been the Republican speaker pro tempore since 1996. In his four terms in office penning was Active in numerous committees including finance natural resources rules and health care. Pennington also chairs the National conference of state legislature advisory Council on Energy and represents the Pacific Northwest states on an environmental Protection Agency s National Quality panel. Pennington said that in addition to feeling duty bound regarding the Fema position he chose to leave the legislature to spend More time with his wife and because of disappointment about redistricting issues. Pennington a District covers parts of Lewis Colwitz and Clark counties. Redistricting May eliminate Lewis county from the 18th District. Pennington was popular among Lewis county voters. A i care deeply about the people of Lewis county and the loss would be devastating to me a he told the chronicle yesterday. Quot i think it is very important that the person appointed to replace me has an association with Timber agriculture or Rural communities a Pennington asserted. A Republican replacement for Pennington will be determined by the nine commissioners of Lewis Clark and Colwitz counties. The commissioners will select a representative from nominees chosen by county precinct committee offices in All three counties. A i believe someone from Colwitz county would be the Best Choice As opposed to a Token Republican please set Pennington Page a classifieds. I comics. .08 crossword Horoscope .05 dear Abby. B5 Lewis county sheriff. A2 movies. .85 news in Brief. A2 obituaries. A4 opinion Page. A10 what a happening a. B5 rep. Gary Condit will seek another term after intern scandal Modesto Calif. Apr rep. Gary Condit dogged by scandal since the disappearance of Washington intern Chandra Levy just beat the deadline Friday to file for re election next year. To running a Condit said As he walked into the stanislaus county courthouse amid a crush of support ers reporters and photographers to file the necessary paperwork. A it was a very difficult decision for Condit a Democrat who was first elected in 1989 and has handily won re election six times had kept silent on his plans until there were Only 45 minutes left to file for the 2002 Campaign. Although he has never had serious primary opposition several democrats have lined up to run in the March primary including state assemblyman Dennis Cardoza a one time Condit aide and political protege. A i expected him to try and run for re election a Cardoza said. A the probably sees this As one Way he can redeem himself some Way. A a weather tomorrow Clouds rain Lolly tomorrow High 45 so High 42-48 weather picture by Adam Seilier Jefferson Lincoln see details Page Al i a it a a

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