Thursday's Public Safety Officials Update released by the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office states that improved weather conditions following the recent flood are aiding in cleanup efforts and damage assessment efforts across the county.
Many of the roads that were underwater are now being examined, however drives should exercise caution as road beds may have been compromised, the WCSO report states.
There are multiple volunteer groups who are beginning to arrive in Whatcom County including Samaritans Purse, Salvation army, Team Rubicon, and others to assist in cleanup.
Local industries, including BP Cherry Point and the Ferndale Refinery are providing direct support with personnel and equipment. Farmers Equipment have provided large farm tractors that were used to evacuate people from their homes in Sumas.
Anyone who has sustained damage should report their damage to 360-788-5311.
Residents of Whatcom County are asked to not drive through impacted areas. Driving through impacted areas to see what happened impedes the critical emergency recovery work that is now underway.
- The Emergency Operations Center remains activated
- The Nooksack River is continuing to recede.
- Many Whatcom County roads are posted closed, and many others may be compromised and drivers should exercise caution.
- Mount Baker Highway open.
- SR-9 (Valley Highway) remains closed.
- Red Cross has set up a shelter in Lynden at the Fairgrounds.
Potential Impacts and Timing
- Time is of the essence in the cleanup. Sumas, Everson and Nooksack are having a “clean-up weekend”.
- There is no estimate at this time for opening of Slater Road or Birch Bay Lynden Road.
Whatcom County Response
- Whatcom County Public Works and the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management are fully engaged in the recovery efforts for this flood.
- Road Closures can be monitored at the Whatcom County Public Works site. (http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/952/Road-Closures-Restrictions)
- The Washington State Military Department Emergency Management Division has issued an Incident Number: 21-4321 “November Atmospheric River Impacts.” All public agencies, including special districts, should be tracking any applicable overtime, emergency expenditures or damages against Incident Number 21-4321 in preparation for requesting public assistance, and to document the cost(s) related to this event.