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Emerson Manor cleanup continues in Hoquiam, re-opening the Senior Center a priority

Emerson Manor Apartments in Hoquiam

The clean-up at the Emerson Manor is in full swing with a large work force. Walls, ceilings and ductwork are being cleaned and dried. Work crews continue to inspect damaged areas of the building and are removing wet carpeting in hallways. Much work has been accomplished in the Senior Center as it has been made a priority by the Housing Authority. They are determined to open the Senior Center as soon as possible following test results insuring the safety of all who work and visit the Center.

Grays Harbor County Public Health conducted a meeting today with numerous churches and agencies to develop a plan to continue providing meals to the displaced tenants. Tentative plans have been made for the weekend.

Many agencies continue to work with the displaced tenants ensuring they have necessary health care and assistance. Travelling to multiple locations has made the task much harder, but all agencies are determined to provide the same level of assistance they had prior to the events at the Emerson Manor.

Work continues tomorrow and every day with a goal of an efficient, complete and quick clean-up, and restoration of the Emerson Manor. The safety of the tenants is and has been the top priority of the Housing Authority and all agencies connected with the evacuation.

The task is large and Anchor Bank (who was also displaced in this event,) has been gracious enough to set up a fund to assist the tenants in their time of need. Please visit any Anchor Bank location and make your monetary donation to the Emerson Manor Assistance Fund. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Displaced Emerson Manor tenants have homes until March 31st, as cleanup continues

Emerson Manor Apartments in Hoquiam

All of the Emerson Manor tenants have been placed in temporary housing until repairs and cleanup work can be completed on their building. Over 60 residents were evacuated and the building quarantined Monday after hazardous bacteria levels were found in runoff water from a fire.
As of yesterday afternoon, most of them had their pets back as well. Three local hotels, the Econolodge, Travelodge and Guest House Inn have contracted with the county to provide housing until March 31st. The county reports the cost of which will run about 1,700 per person, a special meeting has been announced for Friday to consider amending their contract with Coastal Community Action Program to cover the difference.

Chuck Wallace with the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency tells us they have funding for the rooms until March 31st for all displaced tenants, anyone who left to stay with family or friends can call 532-0570 for details . A chief concern is what to do if repairs are not complete by March 31st? Where does the funding come from to assist at that time?

The exciting part of the day was the reunification of most owners with their pets. Special thanks goes out to all of the local foster home providers for the numerous pets belonging to the tenants who needed to be housed last night because there was no way to care for them at Immanuel Baptist Church.

None of the motel rooms have kitchen facilities and some have no microwave. One of the tasks at hand is how to provide at least one hot meal per day to the tenants. A few local agencies have volunteered to assist for a few days but more are needed. Kitchen facilities are needed as well as a mode for delivery.

 

Cleaning of the building has begun. The clean-up crews are still waiting on additional test results before a complete and thorough cleaning of the building can begin. It is anticipated some tenants will return home to find some furniture has been removed due to water damage and possible mold growth. Hopefully it is limited however assistance will be needed to purchase replacement furniture.

Anchor Bank has set up a fund to assist the Emerson Manor tenants. Please help by going to any Anchor Bank location and ask for the Emerson Manor Assistance Fund. Your donation will be greatly appreciated. Only monetary donations will be accepted.

A tremendous amount of work was accomplished by an army of regional agencies who descended upon Hoquiam and the Emerson Manor Apartments. Words cannot express how much their efforts are appreciated however many are returning home leaving a skeleton staff remaining to see this event through until the last tenant is back in their apartment. Time goes quickly, funding will run low and there is still a task to accomplish. Please help us help the displaced tenants by donating to the Emerson Manor Assistance Fund at any Anchor Bank location

Emerson Manor evacuated due to high bacteria levels

The Emerson Manor in Hoquiam was evacuated yesterday, over 60 tenants were told yesterday afternoon that they needed to collect their valuables as they were moved to the Immanuel Baptist Church in Hoquiam for the evening.

As a result of the Thursday morning fire and extensive water damage in the Emerson Manor Apartments in Hoquiam, sample bacteria reports from runoff water returned today have been found to be excessively high, resulting in an evacuation of all 60+ tenants of the apartment building. Tenants were notified in a 4pm meeting Monday afternoon of the need to collect their valuables and necessary clothing to be transferred to the Immanuel Baptist Church in Hoquiam for the evening. Many tenants have also been separated from their pets which are being distributed to local area animal shelters and adoption homes until better living facilities can be arranged and they can be reunified with their owners.

The Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS), the Red Cross, Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Grays Harbor County Public Health and numerous local and regional agencies have been working tirelessly on this incident. Their efforts today were enormous, however it was the extreme cooperation of the Emerson Manor Apartment tenants who helped achieve the evacuation in less than 3 hours. The focus in the coming days is to find better, longer term living arrangements for all of the tenants.

The Emerson Manor tenants are mainly low income, senior citizen residents. Many have specific disabilities, yet they work hard to remain self-sufficient. Today, they had to leave their home, most of their personal belongings and furniture for an extended period of time. Some are lucky enough to have family and friends to assist and stay with during the building rehabilitation, but most have nowhere else to turn. They have left their home with literally the shirts on their back and little else.

The majority of tenants have no insurance covering them for this event. They have no assistance to help purchase new clothing, furniture and appliances lost due to the water damage. Anchor Bank, also displaced due to the fire, has graciously set up a fund to assist the residents of the Emersion Manor Apartments called the Emerson Manor Assistance Fund. Anchor Bank locations throughout Grays Harbor County will accept monetary donations for the displaced Emerson Manor Apartment tenants. Please, ONLY monetary donations will be accepted for this incident, because each tenant requiring assistance has specific needs. Anchor Bank has taken the lead. Let’s follow their example and help neighboring Harborites in need.

Aberdeen VFW Plans to rebuild Post

 

Post Quartermaster, Terry Holderman says:  “There will still be a lot of work left to do: electrical, insulation, HVAC, drywall, painting, and other projects.  But we are hopeful that we could be back in business by the New Year.  To cover the loan we will have to increase our income dramatically, so we are developing our business plan to provide almost $2,000 a month more than in the past.”

 

The VFW will still make the hall available for rent, will still serve dinners for members and the public, and still have the lounge open for members, but new income will be required.  We are considering adding weekend breakfast service, business lunches, and special fundraising projects such as barbeques, fish fry’s, dances, concerts, etc.  Auxiliary President, Nell Todd said:  “The people in Grays Harbor have been so supportive and generous during this time, that we were able to raise approximately $15,000 which helped us secure the loan.  We hope they will continue to help us by supporting our business so that we may continue to serve our Veterans.”

 

Donations for the building repairs may be made through any Anchor Bank branch, to the donation account for:  The Aberdeen VFW Building Program.  Or donations may be sent to:  Aberdeen VFW, 105 East Heron, Aberdeen, WA 98520.

UPDATE: Arrest made after theft of donation jar for 11 month old patient

The video of the incident was placed on a Facebook account by a citizen while the business was attempting to get the police department a copy of the video. The footage shows the man complete his transaction, then when the person behind the counter walks away he shoves the jar into his bag and walks out.
The jar features a photo of Madilynn Damaske, a little girl born premature with a hole in her heart and a rare tumor in her right eye. The jars were placed at area businesses to help the family offset travel costs to undergo chemo therapy at Children’s Hospital.

On 09/12/13 at about 6:27 P.M. Officer Timmons received a call from an employee at Mikes Meats. The officer was told that a customer had come into the store and told the employee that the suspect looked like a person they knew. A name was provided of the suspect but the citizen wished to remain anonymous. Officer Timmons worked on the tip and discovered that the suspect appeared similar to the suspect on the video.

Officer Timmons began to look for the suspect and found him at the Aberdeen Safeway store at about 6:50 P.M. Officer Timmons reported that the male subject appeared to be the same person in the video. Officer Timmons arrested a 42 year old Aberdeen male on three arrest warrants on unrelated misdemeanor charges.

Officer Timmons interviewed the suspect on the donation jar theft and the suspect confessed to Officer Timmons that he stole the donation jar. He said the jar had $22.00 dollars inside when he took it. The suspect was charged with an additional charge of theft third.

The Aberdeen Police Officers Guild donated $122.00 dollars to Madilynn’s cause. The donated one hundred along with an extra twenty two dollars to replace the money stolen by the suspect.

The suspect is currently at the City of Aberdeen Jail

If you would like to help Madilynn, a new jar is on the counter at Mike’s Meats. You can also donate to Madilynn’s fund at any Anchor Bank branch, or on their gofundme account.