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Kalama homeowner and deputy rescued, area remains flooded

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KALAMA, WA (KPTV) -

A man and a deputy that were trapped between two landslides in the 700 block of Kalama River Road in Kalama Tuesday evening have been rescued and are not hurt. 

Initial reports indicated that one of the landslides trapped people inside of a home.

In downtown Kalama, flooding forced the evacuation of the fire station, police station and city hall, according to the Cowlitz County Emergency Operations Center. Those buildings all have about 6 to 8 inches of water in them, according to Kalama Mayor Ken Paulsen.

Flooding also forced residents of a local RV park to evacuate overnight. Officials said locals were taken to the Port of Kalama for safety. Tow trucks were able to most of the RVs out of the area. 

He said services would be relocated to the Public Works building in Kalama at 6315 Old Pacific Hwy S. Paulsen told Fox 12 he does not blame a pump for the flooding issues, but said that the rainfall was a bigger factor.

Late Tuesday evening, Cowlitz County declared a flood disaster.

As of Wednesday morning, several inches of water still remain on the roadway in downtown Kalama.  

This is developing story. Stay with Fox 12 and KPTV.com for further developments.

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