State creates toll free number to report tsunami debris

The state has announced a new toll-free reporting and information line for citizens who spot marine debris on Washington beaches.
The state has announced a new toll-free reporting and information line for citizens who spot marine debris on Washington beaches.

Beachgoers are encouraged to call 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278) to report debris.

They’re also encouraged to remove and dispose of small debris items such as Styrofoam, plastic bottles or small appliances. If an item appears to have sentimental value to those who owned it, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration requests people move the item to a safe place and email the information to disasterdebris@.gov

People who call 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278) can report oil and hazardous items or get instructions for reporting debris that is not large or hazardous.

NOAA predicts tsunami debris will show up on our shores intermittently during the next several years.

However, it is unknown where and what types of debris might arrive.

As of July 2, the federal agency had received 569 total reports of potential tsunami debris both along West Coast shorelines and from sightings at sea – including 43 from Washington during the past two weeks. Of the overall total, 10 have been confirmed as tsunami debris items including a 20-foot fiberglass boat that washed ashore at Cape Disappointment State Park near Ilwaco on Friday, June 15.

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