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Storm Wrapup

Posted on 1st October 2013 at 15:54

The cleanup from this weekend’s series of storms is continuing, including repairs to the nylon containment tarps on the Lewis and Clark Bridge painting project, which were shredded by Sunday’s high winds and rains. County Road crews, city crews and PUD line crews spent yesterday dealing with downed trees and limbs, though no significant power outages or road issues were reported through the day. The rainfall amounts recorded over the weekend are nothing short of amazing. Longview’s rainfall total for the month of September came in at 8.88 inches, swamping the previous record of 5.03 inches, set back in 1927. The Southwest Washington Regional Airport in Kelso registered 3.32 inches during the 72-hour storm event, while Castle Rock had 4.82 inches. Huckleberry Ridge in the Willapa Hills got 9.74 inches, while the Mt. St. Helens area was simply inundated. The Swift Creek station recorded 15.3 inches of rain in 72 hours, and the June Lake station had 15 inches even. Sheep Canyon got 11.8 inches of rain during the three-day storm event. Oregon got nearly a foot of rain in September; by comparison, Portland usually averages just 1.5 inches of rain in that month.