The state of Washington is under a state of emergency from the storm that hit our state the last few days.
There are three confirmed deaths, related to the storm. I-5, the highway that runs north & south from the Canadian border to the Mexican border, is still closed this morning ...a 20 mile stretch is now under 10 feet of water. The water in the area around Chehalis, is so high, that it's up to the gutters on most houses. On our coast...32,000 homes and business are still without power. The aerial views I'm seeing on the TV show; big semi trucks covered up over the cabs in water, submerged cars and pick up trucks and water flowing down city streets like fast moving rivers. They are showing people wrapped up in blankets, being rescued by boats and helicopters. What a mess.
The governor of our state is going to do a fly-over today of the counties hit the worst by this storm. The National Guard is helping with rescuing people from their flooded homes. The United States Air Force is sending two more helicopters from Fairchild AFB in Spokane, WA (eastern Washington) to help with continuing rescue operations today. The Washington State Patrol is also helping in the rescue efforts. And several troopers who live in the Chehalis area, not only spent long hours out there helping others, but lost their own homes to flooding.
It's still raining here outside my window, with just a slight wind blowing. I did see the sun for about 10 minutes early this morning but it was soon gone, replaced by pouring rain. They are predicting rain with 40 miles per hour wind gusts for later today, but by Wednesday...the rain should taper off. By Friday they are saying, the temperatures will drop to freezing so all that standing water will no doubt freeze and cause other problems. Yikes !