|Flooding at Chehalis/Washington DOT|
No part of the Northwest hit by this week's megastorm was hit harder than the Centralia-Chehalis area. That area is so thoroughly underwater - still - that Interstate 5, which runs through, probably will still be inaccessible to traffic well into Friday. Maybe longer.
The disaster is so massive that you wonder what that area will look like when people do rebuild their lives there. And what their attitudes toward things may be.
With that in mind, this section of a flood roundup in the Seattle Times jumped out.
The flooding surrounded much of the recent development along I-5, which includes a Wal-Mart, Home Depot and others.
Some residents believe the development may have helped divert the floodwaters in new directions — and toward homes.
"A lot of people are complaining because they raised the ground in that area," said Agnes Swanson, a longtime Lewis County resident.
Merlin MacReynold, Chehalis city manager, said the development complied with all state and federal regulations, but acknowledged there has been an ongoing debate about the construction.