The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency reports residents of the Emerson in Hoquiam have settled in to temporary housing, cleanup efforts continued today. Chuck Wallace said Wednesday afternoon “Mayor Jack Durney and his staff have worked very hard to lend assistance to the Emerson Manor Evacuation events and advised us today, they were able to find space to move some of the tenant property while the clean-up of the individual apartments takes place. This is great news as it helps accomplish the task at hand in a quicker, more efficient manner. They have also been in contact with the Hoquiam Food Bank and with the Elks Club about assisting with the long term care of some of the tenants and assisting in efforts to reopen the Senior Center in a different location while the clean-up continues. The City of Hoquiam efforts help to reinforce their commitment to the welfare of their citizens and to the entire Emerson Manor Evacuation process.
Over 60 residents were evacuated and the building effectively quarantined on Monday after hazardous bacteria levels were found in runoff water from the building’s sprinkler system.
Today, additional testing has taken place to ensure an efficient and complete clean-up of the Emerson Manor Apartments and Senior Center. Drying efforts continue while building plans are being evaluated to be sure every area of the Emerson Manor is inspected and cleaned. The clean-up continues tomorrow with more workers arriving to assist in the efforts.
Wallace added the housed tenants have received lunch at the Immanuel Baptist Church and also were treated to a hot dinner at their location by the Union Gospel Mission. Spirits are as high as can be expected. Jerry Raines from the Housing Authority has expressed his appreciation to the tenants, insisting their cooperation and understanding has helped make the entire process run smoothly.
The work force for this event has scaled back to mostly local efforts with skeleton crews accepting the burden of the work. All are performing admirably and will continue to do so until all tenants return to the Emerson Manor Apartments.
Anchor Bank has set up a fund to assist the residents. Please visit any Anchor Bank location and make your monetary donation to the Emerson Manor Assistance Fund.