Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, and Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, are working to help their community after flooding, mudslides and culvert washouts due to historic rains. (TRT: 1:33) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD



Sen. Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam and Rep. Brian Blake of Aberdeen are working closely with state and local officials to secure assistance for cleanup and repair efforts following historic rains that caused flooding, mudslides and culvert washouts across western Washington earlier this month. Rep. Brian Blake:

Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen: (TRT: 12) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “It’s absolutely critical that we help our community, and the families that live there – our friends, our neighbors – with the resources so they can help themselves make their homes livable again.”

Grays Harbor County has secured a match from the Department of Ecology to make $60,000 available to help residents cover the cost of disposing potentially hazardous materials like ruined household furnishings and drywall. People can pick up vouchers at Hoquiam City Hall, Aberdeen City Hall and Grays Harbor County Emergency Management. Sen. Jim Hargrove:

Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam: (TRT: 16 ) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “Even though we are hard at work in Olympia, we want to let you know that we are doing all we can to make sure the Harbor gets the help it needs. But you need to do your part also. The federal money to do repairs won’t kick in until we reach the $9.4 million in damages threshold.”

The State Department of Transportation estimates it will spend $3.2 million repairing roads and other infrastructure. And, the State Emergency Management Department continues to work with officials to identify potential eligibility for federal assistance.

Residents are encouraged to fill out damage claim forms available on the Grays Harbor County website. Earlier in January, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in nine counties, including Grays Harbor.

Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.