WSR 99-04-068

PROCLAMATION

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR


[ February 1, 1999 ]

WHEREAS, extensive winter floods, snow melt, winds, and slides occurred between December 23, 1998, and January 4, 1999, threatening citizens and damaging property of Washington State;


WHEREAS, flooding, snow melt, winds, and slides caused shoulder washouts, filling roadway ditches and culverts with eroded soils and debris, washout of gabion baskets, loss of bridge embankment, and other damage in Cowlitz, King, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Wahkiakum, Whatcom, and Whitman Counties;


WHEREAS, the Washington State Military Department has activated the state Emergency Operations Center, implemented response procedures, and is coordinating resources to support local officials in alleviating the immediate social and economic impacts to people, property, and infrastructure at an estimated cost of $1,700,000 for the events;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gary Locke, Governor of the state of Washington, as a result of the aforementioned situation and under RCW Chapters 38.08, 38.52, and 43.06, do hereby proclaim that a State of Emergency exists in Cowlitz, King, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Wahkiakum, Whatcom, and Whitman Counties, and direct the supporting plans and procedures to the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan be implemented. State agencies and departments are directed to utilize state resources and to do everything possible to assist affected political subdivisions in an effort to respond to and recover from the events. Additionally, the Washington State Department of Transportation is instructed to coordinate all event-related assistance to the affected areas.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the state of Washington to be affixed at Olympia, this 1st day of February, A.d., Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-Nine.
Gary Locke


Governor of Washington


BY THE GOVERNOR:


Ralph Munro


Secretary of State

Washington State Code Reviser's Office