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By Michele Smith
the Times 

Flooding conditions in Columbia County

County and city crews working long hours


February 13, 2020

Michelle Smith

The Touchet River Levee foot path was closed due to flooding while county and city personnel worked to stabilize the levee by adding and shoring up the riprap.

DAYTON-The Board of Columbia County Commissioners called a special meeting last Thursday and passed an emergency resolution allowing money to be freed up to purchase materials to help mitigate a possible flood, after water in the North and South Touchet Rivers and Patit Creek began rising faster than usual, because of rapid snow melt caused by rain and warm temperatures.

At that meeting Emergency Management Department Director Ashley Strickland told the commissioners the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determines flooding to be an emergency if there is an imminent threat to lives and property,...

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