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Flooded streets revive old conversation in Centralia

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 6:56 am

Things were wet, very wet, last Tuesday morning in Centralia.

Campbell street, had an estimated four inches of water flowing over it during the morning downpour that followed Monday night’s rain storm.

Water collected, cars rolled slowly and after the rain finally stopped, children swam in ditches.

Campbell Street residents were concerned about the water covering their street.

A combination of heavy rain and slow drainage turned ditches in the Allen/Campbell Street area of Centralia to pools.

Joe Benway had moved into the new development in 2017.

He said he has heard promises from the neighborhood’s developer Darren Adams, as well as the city of Centralia, that something would be done.

“I think curb and gutter would help a lot,” Benway said.

His neighbors across the street, Marcia and Kurt Kalinowski, who have lived on Campbell Street for two years, agreed.

“Last year we thought Campbell Street was on the list to be paved,” Marcia said. “It always floods when it rains, the ditches fill up.”

It can be an inconvenience, she said. “We don’t let the kids out when the water is so high they can’t see the road to ride their bikes on.”

Kurt helped circulate a petition signed by most of the street’s residents which he presented to Centralia’s Board of Aldermen last year. “It had at least 20 signatures. They, the aldermen want it too, they want the street paved too, but they said they don’t know where the funds will come from. We’d be happy with just some pavement.”

For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.