The Seattle Times

20 of 23
STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES
Advertising

Monday, December 21, 2009

Seattle Times Pictures of the Year 2009

Jan. 11: I work with some great reporters, like Hal Bernton, who always demands to look around the next bend or follow a hunch. During the rains last January, the press stayed around Chehalis expecting flooding, but Hal wanted to go east — why, he couldn't say. This was the right call; hillsides had turned to mud and swamped homes and businesses. At the Roadside Inn in Glenoma, owner Linda Mitchell had just come back to her business after evacuating in the night. She was grief-stricken standing in more than 3 feet of mud.