Washington Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-1734)

Incident period: December 1, 2007 to December 17, 2007
Major Disaster Declaration declared on December 8, 2007

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

March 26, 2008
News Release
Lacey, Wash. -- "I didn't think I could get flood insurance" is an all-too-familiar statement to Calvin Camp of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). I have heard uninsured disaster victims say the same thing on literally every flood I have ever worked," said Camp, an expert on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). "Sadly those people have almost always been misinformed."
March 18, 2008
News Release
Lacey, Wash. -- More than $72.5 million in disaster assistance has now been approved to help Washingtonians recover from the December 2007 storms, according to officials with Washington Emergency Management Division (WA-EMD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). "Our goal is to help Washington families and communities recover as quickly as possible," said Federal Coordinating Officer Willie Nunn.
March 10, 2008
News Release
Lacey, Wash. -- Mitigation work in the Centralia area after the 1996 floods saved a estimated $1.9? million in residential home damage in the December 2007 floods, a new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) report concluded. The report, entitled "Evaluating Losses Avoided through Hazard Mitigation: City of Centralia, Washington," evaluated 35 structures that were elevated after the floods of 1996 and 1997 at an average cost of $29,069 per structure, for a total cost of $1 million.
February 25, 2008
News Release
Lacey, Wash. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) are partnering to help communities, tribes and certain non-profit organizations in 12 Washington counties pay for work necessitated by the December storms and flooding. The counties designated for Public (infrastructure) Assistance are: Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston and Wahkiakum.
February 11, 2008
News Release
Lacey, Wash. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that the deadline for returning the National Flood Insurance Program Proof of Loss statement has been extended 60 days. A Proof of Loss is a signed statement that substantiates the insurance claim. It includes a detailed estimate to replace or repair the damaged property. The Proof of Loss must be signed before the flood insurance program or insurance company can make payment.
February 7, 2008
News Release
Lacey, Wash. -- "I woke up at 6:30 because the dog was barking. When I looked out the window, I saw that he was barking at a flower pot floating by," exclaimed Dryad resident Mary Hurley. So began Michael and Mary Hurley's ordeal with the flood that swept away their trailer house in December, 2007. The water was seven feet deep when they left the trailer, and it continued to rise for two more feet.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Washington, FEMA-1734-DR (PDF 50KB)  
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