4 days ago
The next Safe Kids car seat clinic is Saturday January 18 from 10am to 1pm at Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue! Car seat checks are free! You can make sure you are in compliance with the new car seat law that went into effect on January 1st.
If you need a new seat, Safe Kids Lower Columbia can help with that. We have seats for all stages, including boosters that have a 120 lbs weight maximum. If you need a seat and meet all the requirements, the fee is only $10.
Don't need a seat, but want to help a family that does? Consider donating $10 to cover the fee for a family in need! ...
6 days ago
With the forecast snow this week, we expect people to want to head out to play in the snow.
Please plan your trip and take some simple precautions before heading out. While we will gladly go, you really don't want us to come looking for you.
-Fill your fuel-tank
-Carry chains and shovel, and tow-rope
-Bring extra food and water
-Tell someone where you are going and when you'll be back
-Bring blankets/sleeping bag, flashlight, batteries
-Wear good outdoor winter clothing - no cotton, stay dry!
-If you are dependent on medications, bring enough for several days.
-Make sure your cell-phone is fully charged. If you have a HAM radio license, bring your radio.
-Bring a map or GPS
-If you get stuck, stay with your vehicle. It's easier for us to find your vehicle than it is to find you out in the woods. Be safe, have fun and think ahead! ...
Now that the new year is here, play it safe and say goodbye to your Christmas tree: Nearly one-third of Christmas tree fires occurs in January. bit.ly/2ucRvdO ...
Update (4:30 PM Tuesday): Canal Road, Washburn Road and West Stock Road remain closed due to high water. One lane of Ragland Road closed due to small slide. All other County roads open.
Update (10:00 AM Tuesday): Moore Road has been reopened but Canal Road remains closed. In summary, we have three roads currently closed - Canal Road (Toutle), Washburn Road (Kelso) and West Stock Road (Kelso). One lane of Ragland Road is closed due to a small, but continuing slide.
Update (6:30 AM Tuesday): Alpha Drive, Westover Road and Ostrander Road have been reopened! Washburn Road is closed; local traffic can access via the I-5 truck stop. West Stock Road remains closed. Water over Rose Valley Road at MP 11.8 but the road remains open. No problems south County area. No updates received yet for north County roads. Will update again when that is received.
Update (9:00 PM): Water over Rose Valley Road in the 4400 block and just before the Mullholland Bridge. West Stock Road closed due to deep water over road.
Update (8:30 PM): The water over Ostrander Road is now too deep for safe travel. The road is now closed and the detour route has been opened. Detour signs are in place.
Update (5:45 PM): Add Carnine Road to list of roads with water over roadway but still open. The slide on West Side Hwy was large root wad and mud - the road should be cleaned up soon.
Note: We have received several calls regarding sandbags. Public Works is restricted to distributing sandbags only in the event of an emergency declaration by the County Commissioners. Such a declaration is not anticipated at this time. However, this may change if conditions warrant.
Update (4:30 PM): Small slide on West Side Highway near Chapman Road. Crews expect it to be cleaned up and reopened by 5:00.
Update (3:00 PM): Latest information from road crews - Westover and lower Alpha Drive are closed. Water running over (but not closed) Lomor Drive, Ostrander Road (500 block) and West Stock Road. To the north, Canal Road and Moore Road are closed. Water across (but not closed) West Side Hwy near Beebe, Luebke Road, Germond Road, Bond Road, Cline Road, Cook Ferry and the south end of Sandy Bend Road. Additionally, crews are working on a water leak in the Camelot neighborhood (water shut off during repairs).
We have reports of water running over Ostrander Road near East Stock Road as well as Lomor Drive. Reports indicate that it is currently shallow, advisory signs are in place and crews are monitoring for any additional rises. Remember, if you see "road closed" signs, or encounter water over a roadway and are unsure of the depth, do NOT proceed! ...
4 weeks ago
KPD will be participating in the annual "Night of a Thousand Stars" event, along with other Cowlitz County Law Enforcement Agencies. The extra patrols will be looking to get impaired drivers off the road in order to keep everyone safe this holiday season. ...