Kalama PD headquarters condemned after flood

Wicked storms continue to batter Pacific Northwest

Kalama City Hall was damaged by the floods, Dec. 9, 2015 (KOIN)
Kalama City Hall was damaged by the floods, Dec. 9, 2015 (KOIN)

KALAMA, Wash. (KOIN) — The flooding that overtook Kalama earlier this week claimed the Kalama Police Department headquarters as one of its victims.

The Kalama City Building Inspector condemned the building at 535 N. 1st Street, police officials said late Friday. The department will be moved to a temporary spot in the Kalama Community Building, 216 Elm Street.

The mayor of Kalama discussed the flooding that went through his town, Dec. 9, 2015 (KOIN)
The mayor of Kalama discussed the flooding that went through his town, Dec. 9, 2015 (KOIN)

City Hall has also temporarily moved to the Community Building, officials said. Eventually City Hall will move to the Heritage Bank building.

Major flooding in regions including Kalama, Washington prompted county officials to declare an emergency on Tuesday night.

Several landslides were reported north of Kalama River Road, and residents of Camp Kalama RV park were evacuated earlier this week.

One lane of I-5 north near Woodland is still closed and will be closed indefinitely because of a landslide on Wednesday. Two lanes are open and WSDOT officials say there is no threat to drivers.

Engineers continue to monitor the stability of the hill.

Along the coast of Oregon and Washington

All ports along the Oregon and Washington coast are closed to all boat and ship traffic, according to the US Coast Guard, because of high waves and wind. The Depoe Bay harbor is overflowing into the parking lot after saves crashed over the sea wall.

Damage estimates, federal help

The federal government will provide $2 million in aid to help repair damage from this week’s potent storms in the Northwest.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the federal government is making $1 million available to Oregon to help repair roads and bridges damaged by the torrential rains that flooded the state this week.

The Federal Highway Administration on Friday said it’s also giving $1 million in emergency relief funds to Washington state, where flooding, landslides and erosion closed many roads.

The preliminary estimate of damage in Oregon, according to the federal government, is $15 million – including at least $5 million to state highways.

In Washington, preliminary damage estimates are pegged at $5 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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