A Look Back at the Centralia Washington Flooding

Sharyn L. Decker of The Centralia Chronicle has written a great article about efforts of Coast Guard rescuers during last Decembers storms in Washington. Here’s an excerpt:

Several of the helicopter crew members who rushed to Lewis County last December to evacuate people from homes and businesses surrounded by water were honored not long ago with a medal shared by aviator greats such as Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart.

Eight of the approximately 20 individuals who answered the call for help from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Group Airstation Astoria earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, something awarded to military aviators for extraordinary achievement.

“They deserve all the recognition everyone can muster,” Coast Guard Lt. Adam Davenport said last week when he spoke of his fellow flyers.

Davenport said Astoria-based crews hoisted more than 130 people and 20 pets during two and half days in what he broadly referred to as Chehalis during the record flooding in Lewis County of Dec. 3 and 4, 2007.

Read the full story at The Centralia Chronicle.

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