State flood damage inspectors went to northwest Washington

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State flood inspectors are in Whatcom County, northwest Washington this week, to officially assess the extent of damage and dollar impact from major floods following days of rainfall fueled by an atmospheric river in the area last week.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office said the teams were from the Emergency Management Division of the Washington State Military Department. They will collect data to validate the information gathered by the communities, determine the damage and justify the request for federal aid, The Bellingham Herald reported.

The Red Cross still operated two emergency shelters on Monday, which housed a few dozen people north of Seattle in Hamilton and Lynden.

Governor Jay Inslee also changed his storm damage emergency call proclamation on Friday to provide cash emergency aid to people in the 14 counties hit by the storm.

In the small town of Sumas, near the Canadian border, the city coordinated the cleanup after floods damaged an estimated 85% of homes.

Police in nearby Everson said on Facebook Saturday that over 600 volunteers were helping with the flood cleanup in Everson and Nooksack and 500 in Sumas.

“We helped clean over 170 houses, put 300 tons of trash in the shade, and did the work that was needed to begin rebuilding strong,” the police station said.

The Washington Department of Transportation said in a Twitter thread on Monday that several streets north of Bellingham and on the Olympic Peninsula were still affected by the flooding.


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