State-of-Emergency Declared In Okanogan County After Severe Rainstorms

Aug 28, 2014

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a state-of-emergency proclamation for Okanogan County today.

Mud and debris covered driveways and state highways after a major rainstorm and fires hit Okanogan County earlier this summer.
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This, after severe rainstorms pounded the area this month. The rains last week ended in flash floods, mudslides and debris flows that blocked two state highways.

A massive waterfall was flowing over State Route 20, near Twisp, the morning after the storm. A two-mini-van-sized chunk of asphalt sheared off to the centerline and into the drink.

This is really not good at this time of year for this area especially because it’s one of the high-times of the town's tourism business. They’ve been trying to recover from the fires, and get tourists to feel like it’s OK to come back.

This is cutting off some of the major roads that people get up there on. And it’s disheartening for folks who have already had a really tough summer.

Homes, farms and public utilities were all damaged in Okanogan County. The estimated the cost to fix the blocked roads is more than $800 thousand.

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