WSR 02-13-064



[ June 12, 2002 ]

WHEREAS, during the early morning hours of April 21, 2002 the collapse of a portion of the South Wall of the Swift power canal between Swift Number 1 and Swift Number 2 powerhouses resulted in heavy damage to a 300 foot section of State Route 503 and continues to impact the citizens and property of Cowlitz County;

WHEREAS, the current damage to state roads has reached an estimated $900,000. This event has caused extensive damage to the state's transportation infrastructure in Cowlitz County;

WHEREAS, the Washington State Department of Transportation is coordinating resources to repair and clear roadways of debris to alleviate the immediate impacts upon transportation, and is continuing to assess the magnitude of these events. The Washington State Emergency Management Division will assist Cowlitz County in coordinating resources to repair and alleviate the immediate impacts upon the utility infrastructure, and continue to assess the magnitude of these events;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gary Locke, Governor of the state of Washington, as a result of the aforementioned situation and under Chapters 38.08, 38.52, and 43.06 RCW, do hereby proclaim that a State of Emergency exists in Cowlitz County and direct the supporting plans and procedures of the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan be implemented. State agencies and departments are directed to use state resources and to do everything possible to assist affected political subdivisions in an effort to respond to and recover from the event. Additionally, the Washington State Military Department, Emergency Management Division, 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 12th day of June, A.D., Two Thousand Two.
Gary Locke

Governor of Washington


Steve Excell

Assistant Secretary of State

Washington State Code Reviser's Office