Johnston Ridge Observatory reopens after brief closure because of a sewer line blockage

Tacoma News TribuneJune 5, 2014 

UPDATE 1:37 P.M.

U.S. Forest Service officials have reopened the Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens following a brief closure this afternoon due to a blocked sewer line.

“Fortunately, our maintenance staff was able to quickly locate and clear the problem,” Tom Mulder, monument manager, said in a prepared statement. “We’re in the process of cleaning up a small area where waste water surfaced in the parking lot and have reopened for business as usual,”


It has been a tough start to the season at Johnston Ridge Observatory.

Officials at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument just announced the observatory is closed until further notice due to a blocked sewer line.

“Maintenance staff are on site and are working on the problem,” Tom Mulder, monument manager, said in a prepared statement. “We will provide updated information on status of the closure as soon as it is available.”

On May 14, just four days after opening for the season, the center was closed because of a water line issue. Officials had to bring in portable toilets and hand washing stations so they could reopen the popular center, just 5 miles from the volcano.

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