The Times - Serving Waitsburg, Dayton and the Touchet Valley

By Dena Martin

Couple wins fight to save home but suffers devastating losses

Erosion quickly ate away at land supporting a barn and garage


April 18, 2019

Lane Gwinn

Les and Laurie Richardson, of Waitsburg, suffered great losses as rushing waters overflowed the banks of the Touchet River and quickly eroded the ground near their home. A barn was lost on Saturday and this garage, in spite of attempts at diverting water, was lost on Sunday night. The Richardsons were able to save their home.

WAITSBURG-While most of Waitsburg is heaving a collective sigh of relief at having been bypassed by the heavy flooding that hit several not-so-far-away communities, not everyone was so lucky. Les and Laurie Richardson are still reeling from the devastation that hit their property last week.

Record water flows in the Touchet River and sustained rains over the last two weeks pushed the river over its banks, and on a direct path to the Richardson's home near the junction of Hogeye Road and Highway 12. A barn was enveloped by the river on Sat., April 13 and, in spite of attempts to redirect wa...

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