Mineral Lake Ledger

Local news for a little neck of the woods

Pictures of flooding in the Mineral area

Posted by mineralledger on January 9, 2009

The Elbe bridge over the Nisqually:
Nisqually River Bridge at Elbe

East Creek in Pleasant Valley:

East Creek, Pleasant Valley

Kootney Creek in Pleasant Valley:
Kootney Creek in Pleasant Valley

Mineral Creek:
Mineral Creek, looking downstream

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Morton update

Posted by mineralledger on January 8, 2009

I should’ve thought to check the Oregon papers for news on Morton.

Washington Flooding is a great little post (with a picture) from The Oregonian.  Evidently, there is a shelter at the Morton Elementary School for stranded travellers. And they’re really stranded. 7 is closed to the north. 12 is closed at Packwood and the Pass (and probably other places). 12 the other way out toward Mossyrock has slides across the road. 508 is closed. Those are all the options.

UPDATE: 4:50 – SR-7 is still officially closed, due to water over the road between the school bus barn and the State Patrol building. Evidently, locals who know the area have taken to driving through the Tubafor lot. There’s still a manned roadblock at the Elbe bridge, with guys in uniforms who are not letting anyone go south unless they have Mineral-address ID.

More on the shelter

Woman rescued from landslide north of Morton

Full photostream

Viewer photos from KOMO

I’ve never seen Glenoma flooded like this.

In other news, last night, the Coast Guard twittered:

USCG_PACAREAPAE: Coast Guard Air Station Astoria helicopter rescue crew hoisted two people in Morton, Wash. #waflood

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Quick road update

Posted by mineralledger on January 8, 2009

  • SR 161 northbound is closed at 317th Street E and SR 161 southbound at 304th Street E due to water over the roadway. No detour available.
  • SR 7 southbound is closed at Elbe. This is a manned closure, local traffic only south of Elbe on SR 7. This is because of flooding at Morton, but if you’re only heading to Mineral, they should let you through.
  • I-5 is closed at Chehalis, as are the rail lines, and down to two lanes each direction in Fife, but people are still getting through.
  • So it sounds like from Mineral, you can get north on 7 to Spanaway, where there may be detours. From Morton, depending on how exactly they have closed 5 at 12, you might be able to get south to Portland. No one gets to go to Spokane, though.

    Good news! The park seems to be ok, according to the News Tribune:

    Mount Rainier officials have reopened the Nisqually entrance into the park.

    The entrance was closed Wednesday evening as a precautionary measure.

    Officials were concerned about flooding, which didn’t develop overnight.

    The road between Longmire and Paradise is closed for snow removal.

    The National Park Inn at Longmire is open.

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    Road closures, river predictions

    Posted by mineralledger on January 7, 2009

    That last post was just too messy after all my updates.


    Nisqually at National from HAMweather — To sum up, it’s going to be about as high as it is now for the next 24 hours, according to forecasts. This one is a little tricky to read, as the data that has already occurred is at the bottom of the screen, and the forecasts are at the top, but it comes with a nice map.

    Cowlitz at Randle from HAMweather — They’re calling it a moderate flood right this second at 20.84 feet, but by 4 PM tomorrow, the forecast is for 27.69 feet. That’s two feet HIGHER than 2006.  The NWS calls for 28 feet.

    Roads (from WSDOT)

    All the passes are closed for tonight, at least. WSDOT will evaluate tomorrow.

    I-5 is closed. Currently only in that Centralia-Chehalis way, but there are some worries about the Puyallup River Bridge in Tacoma.

    7 is closed between Mineral and Morton. It is still showing as open from Eatonville, so it’s still possible to head north.

    State Route 161 is closed from mile marker 13 to 18.  That’s between Eatonville and Graham, probably down by Ohop Lake. (Your humble reporter needs an atlas with MILE MARKERS) Currently, you can get from Mineral to Eatonville, however, there is flooding all the way down the Puyallup.

    Lewis County road closures for Morton:

    1/7/2009 09:00:AM Davidson Rd Morton At river 3 feet of water over road. Residents being evacuated
    1/7/2009 11:15:AM Davis Lake Rd Morton 800 Block Closed due to water and debris
    1/7/2009 11:45:AM Highland Valley Rd Morton in the middle is closed
    1/7/2009 10:30:AM Meinars Rd Morton at Meinars Rd W intersection Closed due to slide
    1/7/2009 12:00:PM SR 508 Morton MP 2-32, Closed in low spots from MP2 to Morton Closed due to flooding
    1/7/2009 12:00:PM SR 508 Morton MP 2-32, Closed in low spots from MP2 to Morton Closed due to flooding
    1/7/2009 12:00:PM SR 7 Morton MP 1 -16, between Morton and the Lewis County line Closed for flooding
    1/7/2009 08:30:PM State Route 508 Morton Closed in Both Directions between Morton and Bear Canyon MP 22 to MP 32. Severe Flooding. Closed
    1/7/2009 08:30:PM State Route 7 Morton Water over entire roadway Closed
    1/7/2009 08:15:AM Temple Rd Morton Low spot Water over road, closed
    1/7/2009 08:38:AM US Highway 12 Morton Slide on Road at Peterman Hill. Slide over roadway.

    In Mineral, they are listing Pleasant Valley as “reopened” or maybe “restricted”.


    I also have to report that I was wrong that the schoolkids from Mineral were stuck on the wrong side of the closure — there was no school today due to snow and flood damage.

    Please, if you have any pictures from Mineral/Morton/Ashford/Packwood/Randle, drop me a line.

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    It’s raining, it’s pouring

    Posted by mineralledger on January 7, 2009

    Well, folks, we have another Pineapple Express parked on top of us. As usual, the combination of rain and warmth means that the snow is melting off and adding to the already significant rainfall totals.

    State Route 7 is closed. WSDOT says:

    SR 7 – Mudslide on SR 7 from MP 16.76 after Nisqually River to MP 16.82 before State Route 706 since 10:17 AM, 01/07/09 until further notice

    From milepost 16 to milepost 17

    Theoretically you could read this and head down to Morton to get out, but reliable sources indicate that 7 is shut down to Morton, trapping the mail, and more importantly, the schoolkids, on the wrong side of the closure. UPDATE: Closure confirmed:

    1/7/2009 12:00:PM SR 7 Morton MP 1 -16, between Morton and the Lewis County line Closed for flooding

    They’re not coming out around on 12, either, as it is closed in AT LEAST five places, and 508 is closed at Bear Canyon.

    If you are a Morton resident who knows a Mineral kid, you might want to call the parents and ask if you can help. bflynn can speak to the time she spent 3 days at the principal’s house because of this type of thing.

    If you have any further information, or any questions we might be able to answer as a group, please comment. For the duration of the excitement, I’ll be keeping a close eye out on the blog.

    Update, 3:05 PM: Our correspondent reports that from Columbia Crest school down to Mineral, the road is still open, but there is water over the road at Carlson.

    Please remember not to drive into water on roads as you may not know how deep it is. Swift water rescue is already very busy today!

    Update, 3:31: Mt Rainier entrance gate is closed tonight, according to Lights and Sirens (an excellent blog run by the TNT)

    Update, 7:40: I5 is closed, as are all three passes, so there is no north-south route from Seattle to Portland. In fact, there’s no route to Spokane, either, until one of the passes open.

    Here are some helpful links:

    Twitter stream with #waflood tag — These are “microposts” from people who have included the tag #waflood.

    Cliff Mass, a U of W meterologist and all-around smart guy about the weather: http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/

    WSDOT road closure information for the area. It’s better to go to the local areas, as the high priority stuff has as much to do with the amount of traffic expected as how bad it is.

    Possible record flooding at National

    Road closures in Pierce County
    Of interest:
    Kernahan Rd – restricted
    Alder Cutoff – restricted, use caution
    Ohop Valley Rd. @ bottom of hill at creek – Closed
    Ohop Extension Rd. – Closed

    Road closures in Lewis County

    Of interest:

    Per WSDOT twitter:

    SR 508 Jackson Highway to Morton, Lewis County – MP 2 to 32 closed due to high water over the roadway.

    1/7/2009 09:00:AM Davidson Rd Morton At river 3 feet of water over road. Residents being evacuated
    1/7/2009 11:15:AM Davis Lake Rd Morton 800 Block Closed due to water and debris
    /7/2009 11:45:AM Highland Valley Rd Morton in the middle is closed
    1/7/2009 10:30:AM Meinars Rd Morton at Meinars Rd W intersection Closed due to slide

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    Why you couldn’t get your mail today

    Posted by mineralledger on July 30, 2008

    The Mineral Post Office was burgled last night.

    At 6:30 AM, Donna Page notified Don Johnstone, the Assistant Postmaster, that the door from the lobby to the counter was open and broken. The Postmistress was notified and the Lewis County Sheriff and the Postal Inspector came out to Mineral to investigate.

    No mail was disturbed.

    The thieves did get away with cash, stamps, and money orders. There is damage to the door. The Assistant Postmaster reports that the fingerprint dust is stickier than you would imagine, but the Clorox Wipes take it up pretty well.

    The Post Office staff request that if you have any leads, you report them to the Lewis County Sheriff. This is a federal crime, and appears to have been committed by a person or persons with locksmithing knowledge, or prior post office knowledge.

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    New ambulance

    Posted by bflynn on June 1, 2008

    Mineral not only now boast a shiny red fire truck, we have a new ambulance. Just in the nick of time, too, the transmission on the old ambulance bit the dust.

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    Are you excited?

    Posted by mineralledger on April 26, 2007

    This weekend is Opening Weekend of Fishing Season, that fine festival of fishing, yard sales, craft shows, bake sales, and lemonade stands. If you can’t find something to do in Mineral this weekend, you’re not looking.

    At the Mineral Lake Event Center, there is an Extravaganza. Last year it involved lots of bargain-hunting and some neat food.

    At Mineral Presbyterian Church, there is the Mineral Arts and Crafts Guild sale (with cookies!).

    At the American Legion Hall, there is a pancake breakfast and hot dogs for lunch, and a fish contest.

    And in very exciting news, our even-more-local-than-usual steam train has planned a run out to the Divide at 2 on both days. You don’t want to miss the fun of seeing Opening Day from the train! The train departs out of the old Murray Pacific yard. There will be signs, or you can ask a local.

    If you have more events you want to publicize, write to mineralledger@gmail.com.

    See you soon!

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    Our thin line to the North

    Posted by mineralledger on April 23, 2007

    This morning in Seattle the public radio station traffic comes on, and the guy says “No blocking problems, except one on Highway 7.” My ears prick up, because unless it is AWFUL, this is not a part of the road system that merits report. “A two-car head-on collision with fatality between Lilly Dale Road, and the town of Elbe.” . And I knew exactly where it was, and what had happened. If you look at the link below, you will see a long straight stretch. This is where impatient people are always zooming around the people that they have been stuck behind for MILES AND MILES. And yes, it looks arrow-straight, but what you can’t tell is that there are dips and hills big enough to conceal an oncoming car. So the passing lines, if you are not familiar with the area, seem to arbitrarily come and go.

    Someone in a hurry was passing someone in less of a hurry. Someone headed the other direction didn’t see the oncoming car until it was too late. I don’t know that, for sure. But everyone I’ve talked to who knows that stretch has assumed it was a bad passing moment.

    A teacher at Columbia Crest called me. She expected her students to be significantly delayed. This is the worst day for such a thing to happen, because it is the first day of WASL.

    <a href=”http://www.google.com/maps?q=Elbe,+WA,+USA&ie=UTF8&z=16&ll=46.795124,-122.270086&spn=0.006478,0.011201&t=h&om=1″>Imagery of the probable accident site</a>

    It really makes you think about how easy it is to lose our connections to the lowlands. As we discover when there are landslides, if we lose highway 7 between Elbe and the cutoff road, our only option for going north is to go south through Morton and Centralia. And if we lose 7 south of Mineral, the only option is the opposite way. If it happens at times of the year when Skate Creek is open, we can get out over the passes.

    If anyone has  news of what is happening, and who was involved, let us know.

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    Good News for Mineral Lake Lodge

    Posted by Don Johnstone on February 27, 2007

    The Sheppard’s received some exciting news this morning.  A filming crew from Animal Planet are coming for a stay in March. 

    The five member crew from Maryland will be filiming the beavers at Northwest Trek and need a place to stay. They followed the links on the Northwest Trek web site, and chose the Mineral Lake Lodge as their home away from home.

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