– “Gov. Inslee proclaims state of emergency following severe storms across Washington”
“Gov. Jay Inslee today [Dec. 9] proclaimed a state of emergency in Washington following days of hazardous weather with landslides closing major highways, high winds knocking out power to thousands, and rainfall causing wide-spread flooding of roadways, homes and property.
The proclamation covers a series of storms that started on Nov. 30 and is continuing. The storms produced high winds and heavy rainfall that saturated soils, caused major flooding, landslides, stream bank and slope erosion, fallen tree limbs, broken and uprooted trees, and flying debris.”
“The State Emergency Operations Center was activated at a Phase III level on Wednesday morning in response to severe weather conditions occurring throughout Washington State. Staff at the State EOC are monitoring the situation and have been working with affected communities to assess their needs,” quoting the Governor’s Office news release.e
– More rain/showers through Sunday, then near record high temperatures end as cold air returns.
Click here for the Yelm forecast from The Weather Channel.
– LaGrande Dam water being released, which could cause Nisqually River flooding in McKenna.
Pierce County Emergency Management on Tacoma Power releasing LaGrande Dam water on the Nisqually River:
“Voluntary evacuations are being advised in the area near the Nisqually River between LeGrande and McKenna. This means residents can choose to evacuate and are urged to remain vigilant and monitor local media for updates.”
“Releases from the Tacoma Public Utilities dam are being regulated by dam managers to reduce the risk of flooding to the extent possible without damaging the dam,” quoting Pierce County Emergency Management.
– “VIDEO: Flood threat forces partial evacuation at care center in McKenna.”
By Dean. J. Koepfler, Tacoma News Tribune.
[Todd Lloyd, Tacoma Power’s Manager – Resource Operations & Trading reported LaGrande Dam recorded a “very major flood event” Wednesday, Dec. 9, potentially one of the top-five all time flood occurrences.]
Click here for the video.
– Pierce County’s Emergency Operations Center opened Wednesday, December 9th.
– Thurston County Emergency Management updates with Emergency Information and Advisories
Click here for the most updated emergency information on alerts and road closures.