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Winter Weather Advisory issued February 24 at 3:04PM PST until February 25 at 4:00AM PST by NWS

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM PST TUESDAY… * SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…THE CASCADE AND OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS. * TIMING AND ACCUMULATIONS…ANOTHER 3 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW IS LIKELY TONIGHT NEAR THE CREST AND IN THE PASSES. THERE IS A CHANCE OF FREEZING RAIN IN THE PASSES. THE SNOW LEVEL IS AT THE SURFACE NEAR THE CREST BUT TAPERS TO AROUND 5000 FEET IN THE …read more

Brake/gas confusion drives couple off landing in Pacific County, killing passenger

DOTY, Wash. - Confusing the gas for the brake sent a couple over a landing in Pacific County, killing the passenger. The Pacific County Sheriff’s Department tells us the driver, a 70 year old man had to be extricated, and was life-flighted from the scene, a female passenger did not survive the accident. Lieutenant Jim Bergstrom tells us the 2013 Ford F150 appears to have rolled several times before striking a tree over 1500 feet from the road.

On November 11th, deputies with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle that had driven off the end of a landing. The first report indicated the accident may have occurred in Lewis County. Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded to the location and determined the accident had occurred in Pacific County. 

The Pacific County Sheriff’s Department tells us Raymond aid and Lewis County volunteer Fire/Aid responded to the scene. The driver, age 70, had to be extricated from the vehicle, and was life-flighted from the scene. A female passenger did not survive the accident and was later removed by members of the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State DNR Officers and Washington State Patrol Officers.

The Pacific County Sheriff’s investigation shows that the driver had driven down to the end of a landing, had attempted to hit the brake, however hit the accelerator driving off the end of the landing. The vehicle appears ho have rolled several times before striking a tree and coming to a stop. The distance the vehicle travelled after leaving the roadway was estimated to be in excess of 1500 feet before it came to a stop.

The vehicle a 2013 Ford F-150 was determined to be a total loss. The driver is recovering from the incident in a hospital, he is expected to survive.

Search and Rescue Teams Search for Missing Man in Packwood

PACKWOOD, Wash. – Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and several Search and Rescue teams are searching for a missing 68 year-old Auburn man. The man left Saturday from his residence in Auburn to pick mushrooms. The Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from the family on Sunday saying he had not returned. The family was unsure where the man was headed and said he could be anywhere between I-90 and Packwood. An attempt to locate was put out for the man, with no success.

Late yesterday afternoon, the vehicle the missing man left in was found on Forest Service Road 4715, approximately five miles northwest of Packwood.

Search and Rescue teams searched for the man for six hours last night. They resumed their search at 0600 hours this morning. Teams from King, Mason, Grays Harbor, and Pacific County assisted Lewis County teams. The teams included ground, 4×4, and K-9 teams. Over 25 members are involved.

Washington Dept. of Ecology grant to fund Shellfish Protection District

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state Department of Ecology has selected 72 clean water projects to receive a share of $152 million in loans and grants during the state’s next fiscal year, which began on July 1.

The projects include upgrades and expansions of sewer plants and collection systems; septic system improvements; water re-use facilities; water cleanup projects; stormwater and groundwater projects; stream-side restoration projects…to name a few.

Grays Harbor County will receive $56,000 to implement a North Beach Shellfish Protection Dist. Prgm, and monitoring plan for areas including the Moclips River and Joe Creek. The City of McCleary will receive $65,000 to prepare a General Sewer Plan.

In Mason County, Belfair will receive $250,000 for a Stormwater Basin Plan

For more information, or to learn how to apply for the next round of funding, visit Ecology’s website and search “water quality grants and loans.”