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W. Wash. storm clean-up continues

 10:59 AM PST on Monday, December 10, 2007 CHRIS DANIELS / KING 5 News

Near Doty, west of Chehalis, Lance and Joann Wrzesinski’s belongings are still strewn about.

CENTRALIA, Wash. – The work continues outside Centralia in Lewis County. Homes and garages are still covered in mud and water after the Chehalis River came knocking.

Near Doty, west of Chehalis, Lance and Joann Wrzesinski’s home is drenched. Their cars and other belongings are still strewn about.

“Unable to sleep at night, too many questions, the unknowns,” said Lance.

Roads are also a mess. The wild waters tore apart the asphalt on many roads and collapsed a bridge.

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Gov. Christine Gregoire says she’ll ask the legislature to fund a new $50 million dike project to prevent future flooding in Lewis County.

And federal help is finally on the way for residents here and in Grays Harbor County, where residents were battered by the wind and water.

“Dave Paulsen, the head of FEMA called, and said individual assistance to help these people out was authorized this morning. We’ll add more counties as the days come ahead,” Gregoire said.

More than 1,300 homes and 170 businesses in Lewis County were damaged by the flooding.

In Seattle, Nathan Hale High School is back open after hallways and classrooms were flooded.

FEMA has a phone number set up for residents to call to get help with lining up federal assistance. The number is 1-800-621-FEMA.

Residents of Lewis and Grays Harbor counties may be eligible for rent payments for temporary housing, medical and dental care, funeral assistance, grants to replace personal and business property, unemployment assistance for up to 26 weeks for those who lost their jobs because of the storms, and low-interest loans to pay for repairs not covered by insurance.

On Saturday, President Bush declared Washington’s flooding a major disaster, making federal recovery aid available to state and local governments. On Sunday, that aid was expanded to help individuals and businesses in the two counties. Gov. Chris Gregoire said Kitsap, Mason, Pacific and Thurston counties may be added to the list after teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency finish assessing the damage.

Grays Harbor PUD customers who are still without power today are advised to call the Grays Harbor PUD Outage Hotline at 537-3721 or 1-888-541-5923 to get updated information on existing outages and to report their outage to ensure crews are aware of the outage. The utility hopes to have power restored to customer by late today.


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