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DOTs Rush to Repair Storm Damage Private Contractors Hired from Northwest Construction magazine, February 2008.

A severe winter storm with winds up to 100 mph slammed into Oregon and Washington in early causing at least five deaths to date and dumping up to 10 inches of rain. State Departments of Transportation immediately shifted into high gear to mobilize crews and hire contractors on an emergency basis to repair roads.

In Washington State, Interstate 5 was under 10 feet of water and was closed for a 20 mile stretch at the Chehalis River, located about half-way between Seattle and Portland. In Oregon all major routes between the Willamette Valley and the Pacific coast were closed due to fallen trees and flooding. The governors of both states declared a state of emergency, making funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency available.

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