State of emergency for late January storms

has declared a State of Emergency for seven counties including Grays Harbor for the series of storms beginning January 21st.

The proclamation by the Governor says that the heavy rainfall from the storms compounded by existing soil saturation levels resulted in flooding, slope erosion and landslides causing extensive damage to roadways, road closures and restricted access to affected areas in Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, King, and Skagit counties.

The estimated cost to repair the damage to roads resulting from these storms exceeds $2,000,000, and emergency conditions continue to necessitate temporary closure of and limited access to affected roadways, requiring the approval of Washington’s Secretary of Transportation to commence work immediately to repair the affected roadways through the implementation of emergency procurement procedures to alleviate impacts to public safety.

The Washington State and local jurisdictions are coordinating resources to repair the roadways, continuing to assess the damage caused by these storms, and working to implement damage repairs.

The roadway damage and its effects continue to impact the life and health of our citizens, as well as the property and transportation infrastructure of Washington State, and is a public disaster that affects life, health, property, or the public peace.

The proclamation says the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan is to be implemented.

State agencies and departments are directed to utilize state resources and to do everything reasonably possible to assist affected political subdivisions in an effort to respond to and recover from the events.

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