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Morning Press: Columbia River flooding; Ex-Camas coach arrested; Fatal shooting; Homeless count; I-5 Bridge clearance

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Here are some of the stories that were most popular this week with Columbian readers.

Columbia River overtops banks, sweeps into restored flood plain

The lower Columbia River’s long history of flooding was revisited this week when the river overtopped its banks on Monday. Although waters have begun to slowly recede, damage from the flooding remains behind.

Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach was closed Wednesday after the river reached the steps of the park’s south trailhead. County Parks and Lands Manager Rocky Houston said waters had risen above the normal beach area, inundating the restrooms and shelter areas.

Former Camas High School girls wrestling coach arrested on suspicion of raping 16-year-old

Mark Yamashita is no longer the Camas High School girls wrestling head coach after he was arrested on suspicion of a felony child sex abuse charge last month.

The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed a charge of third-degree rape against Yamashita, 49, on May 11 in Clark County Superior Court, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Yamashita had sexual contact multiple times with the victim, a 16-year-old girl.

One dead after shooting in home north of Battle Ground

One person is dead after a shooting Monday night at a home north of Battle Ground, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

A statement from the sheriff’s office said someone from a house at 33510 N.E. Kelly Road called 911 shortly after 7 p.m. to report that he had shot his roommate.

Point in Time count finds homelessness increasing in Clark County

A recent survey conducted by Council for the Homeless found that the number of people experiencing homelessness in Clark County increased by 21 percent compared with 2020.

However, the number of people staying in emergency shelters increased 83 percent due to a substantial increase in the number of available emergency shelter beds compared to 2020.

I-5 Bridge Replacement Program strives for Coast Guard approval of 116-foot clearance

Leaders of the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program expect to hear from the Coast Guard that their plans for a 116-foot bridge clearance won’t be high enough for marine traffic, but they’re planning on working toward a common goal.

Late last year, the IBR program submitted a navigation impact report to the Coast Guard that detailed how a 116-foot bridge clearance would affect the barges and boats passing under the bridge. The report included user feedback and bridge lift data. In March, the Coast Guard asked the public for further feedback on the bridge clearance option.

 

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