Obviously, this has caused a ton of flooding & problems for the city, but nothing compared to what's going on south of Oly, where hurricane-force winds & the flooded Chehalis River & other swollen streams have forced the DOT to totally shut down a section of I-5, both directions, for at least the next couple days. On I-5 in between Seattle & Tacoma, the DOT reader boards are advising Portland-bound travelers to take Rt 18 out to I-90 in Yakima, then down to I-84 & back west to P-town .. which is insane.
So, while rescue crews have their hands full plucking people from the roofs of their houses, our amphibious brothers & sisters are dutifully plucking low-hangin' high-water fruit. For instance, got this from Rathmann today:
Condit Dam ... Big one! So It's been raining like crazy here in Hood River...Here's a teaser of something I ran this morning...MORE on the way!
photo courtesy of Keel Brightman
This dude was totally impressed .. obviously.
I'm sure the playboaters around here are all goin' cuckoo about all the water in the Skykomish, etc. .. but our tribe is more concerned about The Robe & how this flood event may have bullied that ever-changing riverbed around. A year ago, a similar but even bigger flood event brought about The Robe's current incarnation (Version 3.0, for those of you keeping track) .. and we're all quite happy with that, so here's to hopin' that nothing got ruined in there .. or -- as Andrew points out -- that maybe some things even got improved. New info is sure to come to light in the next couple days as our favorite run drops down into sane "exploratory" levels.