Proposed mapping could help identify the next disaster area with LiDAR

Bainbridge Island LiDAR example

On Thursday of last week, the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee held a public hearing on a measure sponsored by Sen. Kirk Pearson that would establish the Department of Natural Resources as the official depository for a library of LiDAR

Homeland Security Team in town, call 533-5100 for all of your flooding and landslide needs

Queets Avenue homes damaged in Hoquiam

The Homeland Security Region 3 Incident Management Team (HSR3 IMT) arrived on Friday to assist Grays Harbor with recovery efforts at their request. The HSR3 IMT says they will help with organization, structure, and assisting with coordination of recovery. HSR3 IMT

Welcome to Hawkuiam, Go Seattle Seahawks!

Hawkuiam Seattle Seahawks

Mayor Jack Durney on Friday renamed the city of Hoquiam to Hawkuiam in honor of the current Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and their bid for a second Super Bowl win, as they take on the New England Patriots in

Victims of revenge porn could seek civil liability under Orwall & Padden bills

Washington State Capitol in Olympia

A couple of bills introduced in the Washington State House and Senate could give victims of revenge porn some restitution by making a person civilly liable for distributing intimate images of another intentionally and without consent. Revenge porn is the

Grays Harbor County waives fees from several departments to help flood stricken homeowners

Grays Harbor County Commissioner Districts

The Grays Harbor County Commissioners this week passed a resolution easing some of the fees on homeowners stricken by the heavy rains, flooding, and landslides of early January. “A resolution to adopt a policy to temporarily waive permit fees to

Grays Harbor County not likely to meet criteria as State and SBA review damages for disaster assistance eligibility


State and federal disaster assistance staff are in Grays Harbor County today to review damage assessments from the early January storms to help determine potential eligibility for federal disaster assistance. Staff from the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division will

Commissioners terminate Clerk of the Board after she refuses to work with one

GH County

The Grays Harbor County Commissioners held a special meeting yesterday where they voted to terminate Clerk of the Board Donna McCallum with cause. Commissioner Wes Cormier made the motion “to approve the termination of Donna McCallum’s employment with Grays Harbor

Washington brakes law serves as national model for EPA

Washington State Department of Ecology

Washington’s drive to protect salmon and other aquatic species became a national model today as brake manufacturers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and an association of states signed an agreement based on Washington’s low-copper standards. Even in low concentrations, copper

City of Hoquiam re-opens Beacon Hill after landslides block access to hundreds of homes

Beacon Hill Drive

Beacon Hill Drive is cleared for traffic this afternoon. City Administrator Brian Shay said today that “Beacon Hill will be re-opened to normal traffic today, Wednesday January 21st at 4:00 pm.” Shay added that they still have work to do,

Aberdeen City Hall update: half of nearly 800 homes contacted show some damage

Aberdeen Flooding 2

Nearly half of the almost 800 homes contacted by city staff in Aberdeen were affected by the heavy rains. flooding, and landslides earlier this month. The latest update from the city says that damage ranges from landscaping to several feet

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