Monday, February 23rd was a great day for the K7CEM Repeater. A dedicated crew assembled to finally fix a problem that has hindered the repeater since the original antenna was installed. Thanks to the crew from Riverside Fire Authority and their beautiful ladder truck, the actual fix only took a few minutes.
Area wide coverage now works as planned with a beautiful signal on both UHF and VHF frequencies. Thanks to Linc, K0ZCO who made the repair as well as his crew of helpers: Dave, KG7PVT, James, AE7TF, Lyle, KB7PI, and Chuck, W5KAV. Thanks to everyone involved.
After a long nine hour day of flood deployment, the Centralia ARES team has been told to stand down. As floods in Lewis County go, this one wasn’t bad as many in the past have been 3-5 day deployments. Each flood is different. While flood predictions showed the Chehalis and Skookumchuck Rivers rising over flood stage, the majority of damage and water problems to Centralia occurred from a feeder supply called China Creek which overflowed causing extensive water problems in the downtown area and along the major streets to and from I-5.
Centralia ARES tends to best serve the City of Centralia during these floods by providing a constant stream of update information on which roads are closed, which routes are still open into the city and noting changes in water depth throughout the day. Incident Commanders appreciate the ability to turn to the amateur radio console and ask if we have a windshield survey team available to check this area or that area. Our ARES volunteers, always willing to use their own vehicles, radios and fuel, provide this timely information generally not available from other sources.
Thanks to everyone who was able to assist with todays flood deployment. Once again you have shown that while amateur radio is a hobby, Amateur Radio Emergency Services is a commitment.
10:30am Local – Centralia ARES is now under a limited flood deployment activation. China Creek has once again provided fairly deep water into the downtown area and many streets are closed. The Chehalis and Skookumchuck Rivers are predicted to rise into a Phase One flood stage sometime today into Tuesday. Centralia EOC is now open and the amateur radio console is currently manned. We will also deploy one to two windshield survey teams to provide updated information to the EOC.
At this time, we will NOT be using tactical call signs. Continue to contact the EOC using the K7CEM call sign.
Centralia ARES team members are asked to monitor the K7CEM repeater for update information. If radio traffic is light, feel free to contact the EOC radio operator with updates or questions.
Our regularly scheduled ARES meeting this evening will be cancelled due to deep water in the downtown area. Our next training meeting will be Monday January 19th.
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Centralia Emergency Operations Center Callsign: K7CEM
Contact information: EC Bob Willey at email@example.com