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How flooding has affected Franklin County

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, WA - The Franklin County Board of Commissioners declared a county-wide emergency today due to the damage caused by flooding, destroying various county roads. Reporter Rex Carlin visited some of these roads today to learn just how bad the damage was.

He visited Glade Road just north of Cedar in rural Franklin County, where a good chunk of the road is gone due to the runoff of melting snow and ice carving its path through the roads of Franklin County.

Franklin County Commissioner Brad Peck was out there with Rex Carlin earlier, and said that this is actually one of the least damaged of the closed roadways.

The map in the video shows just how many roads are closed in central and northern Franklin County. The Franklin County Public Works Department has its hands full, not only with short-term fixes and closures to keep the public safe from dangerous roads, but also in repairing these roads for the long term. 

County Administrator Keith Johnson says like these roads, the timeline for actually starting repairs is unstable. 

"We're still in that phase of dealing with additional runoff, additional melting ice and snow," said Johnson. "But once we feel that it's stable, where we can go in and start taking measures to repair the damage that's been done, that's still to be decided."

The state of emergency also authorizes the county to enter into contracts to respond to the emergency to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens without competitive bidding and public notices...and to provide the public with additional emergency assistance.