Chehalis, Centralia call flood plan 'limited'

Leaders from Chehalis and Centralia announced Thursday that they can't stand behind the Army Corps of Engineers flood plan; both feel the work for an extensive solution is incomplete.

“The two cities recognize the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) flood plan is limited in scope,” read a memo handed out to the other 11 members of the multi-jurisdic- tional Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority during the group’s regular monthly meeting in Chehalis.

Chehalis and Centralia looked to the flood authority to support a move that would have the Corps relook at ways to mitigate flooding from China, Dillenbaugh and Coal creeks in the Twin Cities, along with preserving major thoroughfares between the two cities such as Kresky Avenue.

The members eventually decided to postpone a decision until a Dec. 28 meeting where the Corps is expected to announce a more detailed flood protection plan.

Ron Averill, Lewis County commissioner and chairman of the flood authority, said some of the items on the Twin Cities’ punch list have already addressed. He listed such issues as access to the hospital, protection for the Chehalis-Centralia Airport and improvements at Kresky.