Jerry Raines from the Housing Authority has announced that the displaced Emerson Manor tenants will be returning to their apartments Tuesday morning, March 18th. The nearly month long evacuation is ending.
On Thursday February 20th a fire and resulting water damage began a series of events leading to the evacuation of the entire building including nearly 60 tenants, the Senior Center, Anchor Bank, and two other stores, Trinkets & Treasures and Hoquiam Shear Artistry. Numerous response agencies, state and county assistance programs, the Red Cross, Grays Harbor County Public Health, the Faith Based Community, numerous animal foster families, the City of Hoquiam and Grays Harbor County began an unbelievable alliance to assist in the evacuation, housing and the provision of meals for the tenants.
Last Friday, the stores, including Anchor Bank and the Senior Center could re-open for business. Tuesday, the tenants will return. The alliance of groups and agencies will be assisting in the return of the tenants and their pets to the Emerson Manor.
The Housing Authority would like to thank the tenants and all support agencies for their assistance, understanding and patience during this event. The displaced tenants will be welcomed back home beginning at 10am on Tuesday. The Emerson Manor has been cleaned and buffed, wiped, walls painted, ductwork vacuumed, and the floors and living units impacted by the water damage have been repaired. Most of the final finishing touches will be completed by Monday.
All agencies associated with this alliance wish to thank the citizens of Grays Harbor County for their help, guidance and compassion throughout this event. It could not have been accomplished without your support.