|WCC members and volunteers filling sandbags at 5 a.m. in Okanogan|
On Friday, May 11, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a state of emergency to make resources available as flooding and high-risk conditions continue. A total of 20 Eastern Washington counties face potential flooding.
When local disasters such as flooding occur, local and tribal government partners and state officials often request on-the-ground assistance from our WCC.
We currently have two WCC crews deployed to Tonasket and three to Okanogan in Okanogan County. Another crew is serving in the town of Cusick in Pend Oreille County.
A seventh WCC crew is being deployed to the Okanogan County Fairgrounds in Okanogan to set up and manage a camp base for our response partners at the state Department of Natural Resources.
|WCC members getting sandbags ready in Tonasket.|
On Monday afternoon, water levels remained lower than the flooding levels experienced on Friday and Saturday.
However, the National Weather Service is predicting a second flood crest later this week that could be higher than the first as hot weather drives more snowmelt to different river systems in Eastern Washington – especially the Okanogan, Similkameen, Kettle, and Pend Oreille rivers.
The WCC provides hands-on experience, field skills, and training opportunities to young adults between 18 and 25 and military veterans. Our 300 members and 53 field supervisors across the state restore critical habitat, build trails, and protect the state’s natural, historic and environmental resources. They also respond to out-of-state and local disasters.
WCC disaster response program
|Sandbags readied in Tonasket.|
- Members and staff are trained to safely and effectively:
- Clean up homes, roads and structures
- Install emergency repairs such as roof tarps
- Manage volunteers and donations
- Remove hazard trees and debris
- Set up and operate emergency shelters