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Morning Press: I-5 Bridge earthquake video; woman fatally stabbed; Cascade Park estates rent

By , Columbian Web Editor

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:

Video shows what earthquake would do to Interstate 5 Bridge

The group tasked with building a new Interstate 5 Bridge has created an animated video of the current bridge collapsing in an earthquake. It hopes the video, which it has shared on social media, will bring awareness to the need for a new bridge.

The video shows digital piers rotating in the sand, road sections collapsing like dominos, towers with counterweights buckling and collapsing, and a wave of water radiating from the wreckage. Program team members from the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program created the video, said Kelliann Amico, program spokeswoman. As of Monday evening, the video, posted on the program’s YouTube channel, had 1,125 views.

Man in court in fatal stabbing of estranged wife in Vancouver

A Vancouver woman stabbed to death Sunday had been denied a full protection order against her husband, despite her claims that he had physically and emotionally abused her and their young son.

Michael Ryan Murrah, 45, appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree murder in her slaying. She is identified in court records as 45-year-old Monica Murrah. Court documents in the civil protection order case indicate she went by Star Murrah.

Woman rescued after falling from bridge on Columbia River

Multiple agencies rescued a woman Tuesday morning from the Columbia River after she fell from the northbound lane of the Interstate 205 Bridge, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.

The fire department, Portland Fire & Rescue and the Coast Guard began searching for the woman around 6:50 a.m.

Rent increases causing strife at Cascade Park Estates

When Kimberly Erkenbrack moved from California to Vancouver this year, seeking a more affordable place to live, she didn’t expect the cost of living to be rising so fast.

Soon after settling into her home at Cascade Park Estates, a place where residents 55 and older live, Erkenbrack got a letter from the property manager. It was a 90-day notice: On Jan. 1, her rent is increasing from $850 to $1,050 — a 23 percent increase.

Mental health facility planned near Salmon Creek sparks debate

Washington has a dire shortage of mental health providers and facilities, a shortage that has only grown worse with the coronavirus pandemic. To alleviate this shortage, the Legislature voted in 2021 to spend $500 million over the next two years to develop or improve behavioral health and substance use treatment programs throughout the state.

In Clark County, the Washington Department of Social and Health Services is looking to build a residential treatment facility near Northeast 159th Street and 50th Avenue in the Mount Vista/Salmon Creek area east of Washington State University Vancouver.

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