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

January 30, 2008
News Release
LACEY, Wash. -- More than $34 million in disaster assistance is now approved for Washington individuals, families and businesses with damages from the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides Dec. 1-17, 2007, according to officials with Washington Emergency Management Division (EMD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
January 28, 2008
News Release
Lacey, Wash. -- Before considering new construction and repairs on property damaged by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that occurred December 1-17, Washington residents are urged to consult local building officials to obtain building and/or floodplain development permits. "Permits protect residents, their families and their communities by ensuring all proposed work complies with current codes and construction techniques," said Willie Nunn, the federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
January 25, 2008
News Release
Lacey, Wash. -- When people with insurance registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), their applications were declared "ineligible" until they received their insurance settlements. This is because disaster assistance grants cannot duplicate other benefits, according to state and federal officials.
January 25, 2008
News Release
Lacey, Wash. -- When retired school librarian Ellen Kraft returned home from her vacation Dec. 6th, she found that a river had run through it. During the storms of December, little Molasses Creek behind her King County house had turned into a raging torrent so strong it had torn out her chain link fence. A beaver dam in the nearby green belt area had burst, debris had clogged the culvert under the road, and a rush of water had raged through her neighborhood.
January 24, 2008
News Release
Lacey, Wash. -- When the recent storms raged in western Washington, they devastated more than houses. Water, mud and high winds destroyed people?s security - their homes. "We understand how devastating floods can be," said Federal Coordinating Officer Willie Nunn of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Our goal is to make sure that everyone displaced by the storms has a safe and secure place to live."
January 24, 2008
News Release
Lacey, Wash. -- Disaster recovery officials are urging Washingtonians affected by the floods of December to rebuild their homes safer and stronger to lessen the impact of future natural disasters. Rebuilding after a disaster presents an opportunity to reconstruct in a much safer, stronger and smarter way. Implementing mitigation measures now can reap savings in time and money, say officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Washington Emergency Management Division (EMD).

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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