Town hit by flooding braces for another melt-off

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 7:32 PM

EDWALL, Wash-- After recovering from floods in late February, people in parts of Lincoln County braced for a second round of flooding. 

A tech company that makes disposable USB drives said 30 inches of water flooded its manufacturing facility on Highway-231 during the first flood.

Intellipaper CEO, Andrew Depaula said the company was lucky during that flood.

“We had about an hour’s warning, which allowed us to get everything off the floor so we didn’t lose any equipment or work in the progress,” Depaula said. 

Depaula said the conditions on Tuesday were frighteningly similar to those conditions, three weeks prior.

“It was about eight inches of snow on the ground with frozen ground underneath and then it warmed up to the 40’s and rained on top of it,” he said. “ And it wall went into the creek and that’s what resulted in our last flood.”

Another neighbor, Robert Sutton said that melt-off also flooded his shop.  He spent the entire day cleaning his family’s valuables out.

“Everything started floating,” he said. “It really sucked.”

Neighbors said water had started to inundate small culverts and run over a newarby roadway Tuesday and had filled up a nearby creek in the few days prior.

Depaula decided to relocate his business to higher ground. Depaula said he would lose six weeks of work before he could get his business back up and running.
 

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