Another long wet winter is taking its toll on the local slopes. On March 15, 2017, a 150-foot long section of slope above Kalama River Road failed, covering the road with trees and mud. The only available detour was over an hour long and involved several miles of private logging roads. Foundation Engineering helped Cowlitz County and their contractor assess the remaining slopes and develop an approach to safely remove the debris and reopen the road. Removal of the debris was complicated by stumps that were too large to fit in a dump truck, but the road was cleared and ready to reopen by March 31.