Wednesday, January 07, 2009
State of Emergency in Washington State.....Record Rains, Flooding and Snow Melts, Mudslides and Avalanches...
*** Chehalis River Flooding*** .
These Floods right now are combined with heavy snows, melting heavy snows and heavy rains.This situation may be worse than the Floods of 2007, and even the floods of 1917...maybe the worst ever. 24 Counties are effected and have been declared an emergency. The fact that huge segments of I5 are closed is very unusual, and that flooding is extensive and far reaching. Meaning large numbers of people are also trapped or without access to power or assistance. This is the latest Update as of Wednesday Night. Some video is also here on KING5 the "Urban flooding in Bellingham " shows amazing flooding.
You can also click here to learn more about problems in the region. Passes are closed and a 20 mile Stretch of I5 ( which never happens). They are still due to get 10-20 more inches of rain in the next 20 hours.Parts of the State are in an Emergency and other parts have even been evacuated. High Winds have also entered the Scene. I will be posting videos of the Flooding in the Northwest. Whatcom County is one of the Counties that is facing massive flooding....The National Guard has been contacted already to assist in Spokane due to Snow, and then now also to assist in the Flooding areas in the Puget Sound and the Northwest.The Coast Guard has also been called in to assist, and in some areas Evacuations have been ordered, and they will have to assist, as most people do not have boats to evacuate. ( Govenor Gregoire went to DC yesterday, and then instead vanished on a Spontaneous Secret Trip to Iraq, yet no photos or footage has been shown, and NOW her state is in Crisis, and yet she remains missing, absent during this statewide crisis).
( I lived in the NW for many years, Seattle and North in Whatcom County, I was stunned to see my old home on the Weather Channel tonight. I trained as nurse with Red Cross there- Disaster Preparedness, and I still thought that the videos I saw tonight top ANY flooding I ever saw out there in many years....)
Whatcom County Videos ( Nooksack):::
Click the Title to MSNBC 's story on this Series of Flooding and the Weather Induced Crisis there.....and then go to KING5 , they have amazing aerials and footage from all over the state, more here that is stunning.
KOMO has 10 pages of Video and Photos sent in by the people, check it out here.
Whatcom Creek ( KOMO) Dupont Street ( Post office)...( KOMO has more).
Thursday 's Updates:::
Bellingham Herald Has More Updates...
More Updates Here on KING 5.... and I will update down below in the Comments as well..