Flood Authority takes its show on the road

The Chehalis Basin Flood Authority is taking their act on the road to help show constituents and local governments that their work has value and they’re making a difference.

Flood Authority members will present a slide show and take questions from each of the member’s 12 city councils and boards of county commissioners. Earlier this month, Flood Authority members visited Oakville, Napavine and Thurston County.

Oakville Public Works Director Dan Thompson, who represents his city on the Flood Authority, said that the presentation made a world of difference for his council members.

“The presentation has actually changed the attitude of the city council toward the Flood Authority,” Thompson said during Thursday’s Flood Authority meeting, which took place during a telephone conference call.

Thurston County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela suggested that the presentation’s length be taken down a bit. It took about an hour, she said.

The next outreach session on the Harbor is slated for 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Montesano City Hall, 112 N. Main Street. On March 13, the Flood Authority visits the Aberdeen City Council for a 7 p.m. session at Aberdeen City Hall, 200 E Market Street in Aberdeen.

The Grays Harbor County commissioners will get a presentation at 6 p.m. March 14 at the County Administration Building, 100 W. Broadway in Montesano.

The Cosmopolis City Council will get a presentation at 7 p.m. March 20 at City Hall, 1300 First St. in Cosmopolis.

Other stops include Chehalis, Centralia, Pe Ell, Bucoda and Lewis County.

Flood Authority members and their consultants will talk about their new early warning system, at ww.chehalisriverflood.com, which no longer requires a password and includes real-time access to flooding data, information and maps, as well as rain, stream, reservoir, wind, temperature and other weather information.

The Flood Authority is also actively lobbying for legislators to support former governor Chris Gregoire’s proposal in her last capital budget, which included $28.2 million in flood relief projects in Grays Harbor, Lewis and Thurston counties.