MONTESANO, Wash. – Montesano Mayor Ken Estes released a big thank you to members of the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority this week. He added that the city plans to stay involved until every member has a solution to flooding on the Chehalis River.
The Flood Authority earlier this week voted to shift funding from three other Grays Harbor County projects, in order to fully fund and complete the Mary’s River Lumber project in South Montesano. Estes said in his release that the city also plans to stick around for the duration of the process to create a basin wide approach to reduce flood damage when the Chehalis River swells.
The following editorial was submitted by Montesano Mayor Ken Estes.
In Montesano we’re used to trying to solve our own problems. But year by year as the Chehalis River has eroded land and moved closer and closer to our wastewater treatment plant and Mary’s River lumber company we realized this problem was bigger than we could handle alone. Locally we worked hard to come up with a workable solution to stop the erosion and protect the infrastructure that supports our community. However, the project is cost is beyond the capacity of the city to fund. The Chehalis Basin Flood Authority supported our request for state funding. Our local legislators and both Governor Gregoire and now Governor Inslee, as well as the Chehalis Tribe, worked hard to see that the entire Chehalis basin funding package was adopted including the Montesano project.