(Dec. 7) Interstate 5 reopened in Washington’s Lewis County Dec. 6 after flooding had closed a 20-mile stretch of the highway for four days.

“I-5 is reopened to truck traffic only,” said Loren Queen, marketing and communications manager for Yakima, Wash.-based Domex Superfresh Growers. “No cars. It’s commercial vehicles only.”

The Seattle Times reported the interstate might reopen to passenger vehicles sometime Dec. 7, though the road is limited to two lanes in some places. The newspaper reported that the I-5 shutdown cost the state’s economy an estimated $4 million a day because trucks either were sitting idle or making long detours.

Queen said flooding was far west of the state’s growing areas. He said that while trucks were tight in the first few days after the flood, things had returned to normal by Dec. 6. He said the road closure, however, caused a 400-mile detour for trucks headed from Seattle south to Portland or north to British Columbia.

The Times reported thousands of people still lacked power or drinking water Dec. 6, three days after a storm hit the region. Damages are expected to be in the billions of dollars.

Roger Pepperl, marketing director for Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers Inc., said the grower-shipper donated 60,000 pounds of apples to Northwest Harvest, the statewide hunger relief agency, for flood victims.

Suzanne Wolter, director of marketing for Rainier Fruit Co., Selah., Wash., said Rainier is matching $2 for every $1 donated by employees to the local Red Cross for flood relief.