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East Pierce foothills town ready for reprieve from weather

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on Jan. 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm with No Comments »
January 20, 2012 12:39 pm

Reporter Lisa Pemberton-Butler reports this morning from Eatonville:

There was pretty much only one topic folks were talking about in this Mount Rainier foothills town Friday.

“The snow,” said Jordan Anderson, a barista at Gypsy Wagon Espresso. “People can’t wait for it to go away.”

Thick ice encased many trees and bushes during Thursday’s ice storm, creating scenes that looked like ice sculptures. But overnight, after the power had gone out in the area, the quiet darkness was punctuated with cracks and booms of trees and limbs crashing.

By Friday morning, the power had returned and large limbs littered the sidewalks, including in front of the police station, the high school and several businesses and homes. The local gas station kept brisk business, especially with sales of propane. Many people were stocking up in the event of more power outages.

By late morning, the roads in the area were bare and wet but drivers still had challenges with downed trees, wires and detours. State Route 7, known as Mountain Highway, was reduced to one lane in some areas, for a 10-mile stretch between Alder Cutoff Road E. and the Ohop Valley Road. State Route 161 also was closed near Northwest Trek for removal of fallen trees.

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