A propane leak lead to the evacuation of the Quinault Beach Casino and Resort and shut down state Routes in Ocean Shores on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.
The leak was reported at approximately 12:10 p.m. A Ferrellgas delivery truck hauling 8,500 gallons of propane was offloading into a 30,000 storage tank on the resort property. Pressurized propane began discharging from what was initially believed to be the delivery truck, leading to the evacuation of the resort. As a precaution, state Route 109 and state Route 115 were closed.
Further investigation revealed the storage tank, not the delivery truck, was leaking propane. One of the storage tank’s valves was inadvertently opened, causing the leak. The leak was deemed secure just after 4 p.m. Roadways were reopened, as well as the resort to its guests and staff.
It is estimated the storage tank leaked approximately two gallons of propane during the incident.
An evacuation was deemed necessary for the safety of the public due the increased risk of ignition sources in the vicinity of the leaking propane. Local schools and transit stations were notified of the leak, road closures and notified of alternate routes. No injuries were reported.
No other areas were evacuated as a result of the leak. Ferrellgas has been fully cooperative with the involved agencies during the investigation into the incident.
“This was a great team effort overall,” stated Quinault Indian Nations President Fawn Sharp. “On behalf of the Nations, we express heartfelt gratitude sincerely to the first responders and regret any inconvenience to guests at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino.”
The Grays Harbor County Emergency Operations Center was activated to support the incident. The Washington State Patrol, Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, Ocean Shores Police Department, Ocean Shores Fire Department, Grays Harbor Fire District 7, Washington State Parks and representatives from the Quinault Beach Casino and Ferrellgas responded to the incident.