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Tue., Nov. 22, 2011, 2:13 p.m.

Water, water everywhere

A truck drives down flooded Interstate 5 in the Chehalis and Centralia area in southwest Washington on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009.  (Bruce Ely / Associated Press)
A truck drives down flooded Interstate 5 in the Chehalis and Centralia area in southwest Washington on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009. (Bruce Ely / Associated Press)

We are preparing for a flood here in the Pacific Northwest. I receive lists of emergency supplies and plans on what to do if we get stranded at work. I did get stranded at work a few years ago when the rivers rose and we became an island. It was the best slumber party I ever attended! We knew the water was coming so we arrived at work with our personal survival kits of DVDs, comfort food, crossword puzzle books, grocery store magazines and really tacky sweats to sleep in.  Sleeping two nights on my office floor I could have lived without, but we sat up late and created party central.  Jokes and stories and true confessions kept us entertained. While the rivers rise, I am not thinking of flashlights as much as “what can I bring to the party?”

If you were stranded at work for three days, what do you consider essential to have for comfort? For entertainment? For survival?

(From the S-R photo archives: A truck drives down flooded Interstate 5 in Lewis County in 2009)




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