Rainfall, warm temps cause rivers to rise
State of Emergency Declared by County Commissioners
February 6, 2020
DAYTON–Columbia County Commissioners called an emergency meeting today, Thursday, February 7, at 3:30 p.m., and declared a state of emergency for the area due to weather conditions, warm temperatures and rising river arterials.
The emergency meeting was initiated due to the copious amounts of rain, with more expected in the next two days and the present level of water in the Touchet River and Patit Creek.
After deliberating with Ashley Strickland of the County Emergency Management office, Chuck Eaton of Public Works, Sheriff Joe Helm, County Prosecutor Dale Slack, County Auditor Anne Higgins and City of Dayton employees, the Commissioners declared Columbia County in a State of Emergency.
This announcement serves as a formality to allow any necessary action that becomes needed to be acted upon more quickly. A second emergency meeting was discussed for tomorrow, if needed. Presently, the only action being taken is making ready the use of 2 pallets of sandbags from Public Works that are on hand.