Emergency Management

Damage from Floods Continues to Rise
Posted By Sheri Badger on Nov 20th, 2006 at 3:12 AM

Tacoma, WA – November 20, 2006 – Contact: Pierce County Department of Emergency Management 253-798-2168 November 20, 2006 As flood waters from the November storm recede from Pierce County, the toll from damages continues to rise. Total estimated losses to residential and private businesses tops $71.5 million. Those figures, along with $14 million in estimated damages to the roads, levees, bridges, and other infrastructure indicate more damage than was first estimated. “This puts Pierce County as one of the hardest hit counties in the state,” reports Steve Bailey, director of Pierce County Emergency Management. There has been a large outpouring of assistance from individuals, businesses, and the faith-based communities in response to the disaster. “Until you get down there and get your shoes muddy, you cant begin to understand the impact on our citizens,” said Bailey. “Folks have been very appreciative of the help and generosity. Even so, many people lost everything they had. Our goal right now is to get the federal disaster declaration so they can get the long term help they need.” Washington State officials are gathering information from impacted counties to assemble a formal request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration. The federal government will consider each county separately. A county may qualify for Individual Assistance (IA) for citizens and businesses and/or Public Assistance (PA) which covers infrastructure damages. If the federal government agrees to an IA disaster declaration, information will be distributed as to how people can register for federal assistance. Meanwhile, citizens and businesses are still cleaning up their mess. Pierce County Solid Waste Division is issuing vouchers to enable people to take flood- damaged goods to one of the two county transfer stations. “Hidden Valley @ 176th and Meridian St. E., South Hill near Puyallup “Prairie Ridge @ 11710 Prairie Ridge Dr. E. at South Prairie Road near Bonney Lake In order to receive a voucher, people must first call the Department of Emergency Management to report their damage at 1-866-798-6363, 8 AM4:30 PM through this Friday, Nov. 24th. A representative from the Solid Waste Division then contacts people from that list to process the voucher. ###