Hoquiam, WA- The City of Hoquiam has suffered a major water line break on Simpson Avenue at 7th Street. We are told city staff, with the assistance of Rognlin’s are on scene, and are preparing to repair a 10 inch waterline. There are several blocks and many businesses out of water.
The City of Hoquiam is anticipating it will take 6 or more hours to make the repair. The staff on scene was able to maintain water service to Emerson Manor by making a temporary connection off Levee Street.
There is a road closure on US 101 blocking southbound traffic. The detour starts at 6th street.
South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) will be offering a free tsunami public education course on February 14, 2013 at the Grays Harbor College Columbia Education Center (208 Advent Ave. S.E.) in Ilwaco. The course will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Workbooks will be provided.
Topics for the course include: near and far source tsunami events and scenarios, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, tsunami modeling, inundation mapping in Washington State, local vulnerabilities, emergency management systems, tsunami response, how to reduce risks, and community training.
The Train-the-Trainer program aims to develop an educational curriculum to train qualified tsunami public education instructors. It is a joint effort of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program and the Washington State Emergency Management Division (WAEMD), and has been organized locally by PCEMA. Participants will gain skills and knowledge regarding: local hazards, risk reduction, tsunami response, and community assessment. The goal of this course is to better prepare the citizens and communities of Pacific County by developing and coordinating disaster preparedness public education programs.
Anyone interested in participating must pre-register with AmeriCorps Member Kirsten Harvill by calling (360) 875-9409 or (360) 642-9409 or email [email protected].
At its October 14 meeting, the state Board of Health will hold a public hearing on a new rule that would govern sewage tank design and construction.
It will also reconsider rule language concerning preventive eye treatment for newborns. This reconsideration is prompted by a national shortage of Erythromycin eye ointment. Proposed amendments would allow health care providers to use other treatments recommended by the CDC. Public testimony will be taken.
The board will also discuss several other rules: water recreation facilities; HIV counseling, testing, and partner services; school immunizations; and birth certificate information requests. It will also decide whether to adopt a proposed strategic plan for the 2009-11 biennium.
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark yesterday urged Governor Christine Gregoire to distribute $10-million to 20 cash-strapped "timber counties." Goldmark pointed to dwindling budgets and tight wallets at the county level when he said "I believe that we can afford to redistribute $10-million to the counties..." The Department of Natural Resources has twice lowered the management percentage this year from 25 down to 21 percent, increasing the revenue to counties from timber sales.