Emergency Management

Earthquake Update
Posted By Sheri Badger on Mar 5th, 2001 at 12:19 PM

Pierce County emergency management officials are continuing to assess damages from the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Western Washington Feb. 28. Damage Estimates Earthquake damage to public facilities totals an estimated $53 million in Pierce county. The figures could go higher as damage assessment activities continue during the coming week. The damage estimate include public building and facilities, roads and transportation and public utilities. Pierce County citizens and business owners who have suffered earthquake damage are asked to contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the following numbers to begin the disaster aid application process:

1-800-462-9029 1-800-562-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired

If you believe earthquake damage has impacted the assessed value of your home, please contact the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer’s office at 253-798-7145 for more information. Injuries Currently, 105 injuries have been reported in Pierce County, three of which are considered serious. Road and Bridge Status

  The lower portion of Kamus Dr. on Fox Island is closed due to road damage (cracks, 4″ drop in some spots) and slide issues.

  Chambers Creek Bridge closed from 64th St. W to the south side of the bridge in Steilacoom by the Abitibi plant.

  State Route 302 at milepost 4.7 to Wright Bliss Road, dropped two feet and is closed. This is in Mason County, but is near the Pierce County line. Evacuation Status

  Seven homes have been evacuated in Tacoma’s Salmon Beach area because of a landslide.

  Six homeowners were encouraged to voluntarily evacuate their homes at the base of Kamus Drive on Fox Island. The homes are not in danger, but the unstable Kamus Drive is the only access to the area.

  Two homes on Herron Island have been yellow-tagged due to slide potential.