FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Jan. 14, 1997
Lowry expands disaster county list to
OLYMPIA - Gov. Mike Lowry today
expanded to 37 the number of counties in his emergency declaration
for the state's severe winter weather and flooding in late December
and early January. New counties added to the proclamation are
Adams, Benton, Grant, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille and Stevens.
The state has established a Storm Damage Hotline - 1-800-221-5947
- where the public can call for information on how to report damages
from the winter weather emergency. Members of the public should
report insured losses to their insurance agent. They may also
call a consumer hotline staffed by the Office of the Insurance
Commissioner - 1-800-562-6900 - with insurance questions and concerns.
Lowry initially proclaimed the state of emergency Sunday, Dec.
29 as a result of the severe winter weather conditions throughout
much of the state. Of Washington's 39 counties, only two (Douglas
and Franklin) have not been included in the emergency proclamation.
For information contact Rob Harper at the Emergency Management Division, 360-438-7737.