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All City bridges now open; County establishes call center to report flood damage

Post Date:02/11/2020 4:00 PM

A crew from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with a City Civil Engineer have completed damage inspections at the bridges on Sixth Avenue, Otis Street, and Merriam Street. They found no new significant damage, and no repairs need to be made at this time. We have now reopened these bridges to traffic.

This afternoon, USACE staff are clearing debris from the Russell Creek canal, which is currently releasing water from Bennington Lake at 100 cubic feet per second.

Walla Walla County and the State of Washington are compiling damage estimates for the purpose of requesting possible help from FEMA and SBA. If there is enough damage reported throughout the county, assistance could come in the form of low-interest loans and monetary grants. WW County Emergency Management has established a call center where residents can report damage they suffered. If your property was damaged, please call 509-524-2913.

The photo below courtesy of PBS Engineering and taken Monday afternoon, shows a section of Mill Creek Road that has become Mill Creek due to the flooding. Broken sections of the water-transmission main that supplies surface water to the Water Treatment Plant can be seen. The creek must be routed back into its former channel, which is off to the right, before the water line can be repaired or replaced.

Mill Creek Road with Mill Creek flowing in it