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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 14, 2001, Centralia, Washington Local amp Northwest Colwitz flood Hazard plan approve know the flow amendment to upper Colwitz study brings in Money identifies risks by Brian Mittge the chronicle a plan to identify flooding hazards on the upper Colwitz River and its tributaries was approved monday by the Lewis county commission after two years of study and sometimes contentious Public hearings. The amendment to the county s 1994 comprehensive flood Hazard management plan focuses on the Colwitz River upstream of Lake scan Ewa the Cispus River. Rainey Creek and the Tilton River. Having an updated flood management plan is a Legal requirement to receive Federal and state financial assistance and it allows the county and local residents to receive a discount on the National flux Al insurance program. The plan May also be used by county employees on Road projects and for members of the Public wanting general information on How water could affect their property said Lewis county senior Engineer Shirley Kook. A when people Are experiencing flooding problems its a document they can use to provide support for creating their own flood control District a Kook said. The study Analysed Aerial photographs and River data from a 10-year period. A within that Short 10-year period we found significant changes in the River Quot Kook said. A fall we re doing is identifying areas that had Active movement. There is no policy development for these just an analysis of these very volatile River the $61,500 study paid for by state and Federal Grant Money identifies areas of concern but does not place any limitations on land use. Kook stressed. A the purpose of the plan is not to go into private land issues. That s a misconception about these plans a Kex it a explained. A these plans Are not dictating How one should or should not use their land. These Are the hazards we identified in a certain watershed or Basin and Here Are some viable mitigation or management strategies to Deal with them a the Broad scale plan does not address How to solve flooding problems on private land because Public Money can t be spent for issues on private property Kook said. She said concerned landowners could create a Hood control District using data from the study which notes the River be Load is increasing and Channel migration is occurring. Copies of the study Are available at the Salkum Randle Packwood Chehalis and Centralia Timberland regional Library branches. A Drivers. Are not stable systems their forms and flows Are evolving a summary of the study reads. A the hazards occur when these natural processes bump into our structures i.e., roads buildings. Understanding these natural processes identifying these hazardous areas and planning to give these hazardous areas a wide berth Are some of the most effective flood management the study mapped bar formation. Bar growth presence of abandoned channels apparent Channel avulsion and Channel location. A the results show a Strong correlation Between flood related damages Channel characteristics and Geomorphic areas Quot the study summary reads. These areas were identified As probable Hazard areas and the study recommends further analysis by examining the a Channel migration zones of these volatile and unstable River reaches. A the phas were identified using Only a 10-year period of record which is a Blip in the geologic time scale. Channel migration zones Are defined using at least xxi years a the study summary notes. A a a Brian Mittge covers local government for the chronicle. He May he reached by email Ai . Or by telephoning b07-b237.Fords Prairie pupils give wishes and emergency items by Julie m. Graham the chronicle Fords Prairie elementary school pupils Are giving wishes to the world a and Hygiene items to the Lewis county chapter of the american red Cross a once again this year. Red and Green paper stockings decorate a Long homemade a a Brick Wall and fireplace near the Centralia school s entryway. Children s printing declares Hopes for families to have food Homes and peace. A i wish people had Homes a said one of the boys in Troy Logan s first Grade class thursday As he and his classmates brought their cutouts to tape to the Wall. A that s my wish too a agreed the boy next to him. A we always put them on the fireplace a Emma pane said. She said she wished people had More food because she heard that some people Don t have any. A i heard some people Don t have Beds a Rishavy Sharma said. A i wished for Harmony a Rainy Kendall said. Jeremy Clark said he liked making a big wish for others his was for Freedom. Jazmin Webster had a similar thought a a that the people that had the air plane crash sept. 11 had the behind the stockings which classes do at various times this week is to have a wish for the world and not themselves Logan said. A i wished that everybody would be Happy. Because Tori Henderson 6, a first grader at Fords Prairie elementary school hangs a stocking with her Christmas wish for the world on the dear world wish Quot Wall at the Centralia school thursday afternoon. Everybody s not Happy a Tori Henderson said. She said she wished that other people would be taken care of a Quot that everybody was taken care of and that they would take care of their own Armondo Gutierrez said Quot i wished for that people did t fight and i wished that the soldiers could help the school has been giving in a More tangible Way As Well. Its fourth annual sundry drive for the local red Cross chapter for families in crisis began last month and continues through dec. 19. Combs toothbrushes and toothpaste toilet paper shampoo facial tissue soap and other Hygiene items come in and Are deposited into a Woi Xien Sleigh across from the fireplace. A giant stuffed toy Bear holds the paper reins to a Reindeer. In past years the donations have helped families from Russia and a family whose House burned. Logan said. He and his family take the donations a often supplemented by items Given by local businesses a to a local emergency shelter the Day Winter break begins. A it s just a time to give and it s a Nice thing for the kids to be involved with their Community Quot he said. A a a Julie m. Graham covers education fit the chronicle. She Mas be reached by email at a Grahame or by calling in no. Christmas wish list by the chronicle Christmas wishes with original spelling expressed by Fords Prairie elementary school pupils include Quot dear world a Elf i could make one wish come True i would a the tawn Wood hav a Cream a for the War to end so we will be Happy to have the family come Home for Christmas. A a a everybody would get to know Jesus a a a for no one to a a they could have Freedom. And a pet Kittin and rat a a for every one to live in peace and have Money food and county Hospital commissioner resigns by Cap Pattison the chronicle Morton a Lewis county Hospital District i commissioner Dave Young surprised his fellow commissioners wednesday night by announcing his resignation from the commission effective at the end of the month Young. 73, has represented Randle on the five member commission Board for the past 14 year. He said he and his wife will be living full time in Cali fornia so he won t be Able to attend Hospital commission meetings beginning next month. Hospital superintendent Mike Lee said if he had known earlier about Youngs resignation he would have arranged for a going away Celebration. Bob Maupin director of development and Public relations for the Hospital praised Young s service through the years. A there s Only one Dave Young a he said. A with Dave we have had the Best of the Best East Lewis county has to Young suggested to the other commissioners they appoint Rich Fuller. Randle to replace him. Buller already occupies an at Large commission seat but come next month that Post will be tilled by Lucille Compton. Morton. The other three commissioners Are Glenn Allen Morton Charlene Roberts. Mossy Rock and Glenn Stratton Morton. Also wednesday Chiel financial officer Ron dearth announced a just completed state audit found no in prop ties in the Hospital District s finances. In his report to the commission dearth noted the number of surgeries scheduled at Morton general Are up 33 percent since the hiring of or. Vivek Chaudhry last August. A a a Cap Pattison is the can tin Cle s East Lewis county correspondent. He can be reached be mail at or by calling 497-7177. National Forest offices will close for Christmas eve by the can Mille Vancouver All Gifford Pinchot National Forest offices including the Coldwater Ridge visitor Center at mount St. Helens will be closed dec. 24. President Bush recently issued i executive order closing no a St Federal offices and excusing employees from duty on Christmas eve e. As in previous years Forest offices Aid the Coldwater visitor Center will also be closed on Christmas Day Aid new year s Day. The mount St Helens visitor Center located Iii Silver Lake aul operated by Washington stale paries will close Al mid alter Xxxi ii dec 24 this Center remains open seven Day s a week through Xit the Winter sea son Aid operates Between 9 Ami Aid 4 . With the exception of these three dates the Coldwater visitor Center will continue to operate on a Winter schedule five Days a week. Thursdays through mondays from9 30 a m. To 4 30 . The Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed until May 1,2002. When travelling state route 504 to Coldwater on the West Side of mount St. Helens during the Winter motorists Are advised to exercise caution. Expect Snow and beginning near Hofstadt Bluff on state route 504. Officials warn. State route 504 is closed and gated at Milepost 45, just past the hum xxx is Trail near Coldwater of the people what local Christmas event do you most anticipate and enjoy j0t n f a Christmas eve with my family f in a a ii that a my 9 w 4p9 4 i in i Gladys Sliva retired. Dots r i Gladys Silva George Cramer a a in a a Humbug because in a trying to bypass Christmas. In a 75 years old so its Cecil condos retired Cement finisher Winlock a the Mossyrock Christmas program that the City puts George Cramer retard Boeing employee Mossy Mck a probably the living nativity on Borst because it gives the spirit of Christmas what it s All Sharon Rosbach licensing agent Chehalis baft of us. A Vlf Gary j. Cichowski the chronicle Cecil condos Sharon Rosbach

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