FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 8, 1996
Governor proclaims emergency for new floods
OLYMPIA -- Gov. Mike Lowry today proclaimed a state of emergency
in 13 counties affected by widespread flooding and has activated
the Washington National Guard to help flooding victims.
The counties affected include Asotin, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz,
Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, Walla
Walla, Whitman and Yakima counties, and the Yakama Indian Nation.
Other counties are expected to be added to the proclamation soon.
"Some of these counties are still coping with the damage
from floods and winds last fall," Lowry said. "This
additional weather storm just adds to the suffering."
Lowry said he will also ask for an extension for federal assistance
from President Clinton, who made a federal disaster declaration
Jan. 3. Federal aid is available to individuals and public agencies
who suffered damage in the floods and windstorms last fall.
Lowry's proclamation directs state agencies to support emergency
response activities in the affected communities. Such a proclamation
allows the state to make extraordinary expenditures and use of
resources to respond to the flooding. State actions are coordinated
through the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Olympia.
The counties and Yakama Indian Nation included in the governor's
proclamation of emergency already have declared their own states
of emergency, as have the cities of Pullman and Centralia. Other
local declarations may be added.
Representatives from the Washington Military Department, Washington
State Patrol, Department of Transportation, Department of General
Administration, Department of Ecology, American Red Cross and
the Federal Emergency Management Agency have reported to the state
EOC. Operated by Washington State Emergency Management, part of
the Washington Military Department, the state EOC will be open
24 hours a day until further notice.
For more information, contact Mark Clemens, Washington Emergency Operations Center, at
360-438-7737 (media only) or the Governor's Communications Office at 360-753-6790.