FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Message from Mayor Simpson
City of Aberdeen Recovers From Flooding Caused by Excessive Rainfall
The City of Aberdeen is taking inventory of damage from the recent storm. The City’s focus will be on restoring damaged infrastructure. The water system, sewer system and most City
streets are fully functioning. Residents with questions should call the Community Development Department at 360-537-3217 to report their concern or get information. The City received 8.57 inches of rainfall in the 24 hour period between 8 a.m. Sunday, January, 4th and 8 a.m. Monday, January 5th.
I have been in communication with Governor Inslee and will be working with his office and Grays Harbor County Emergency Management in the upcoming days to determine if additional state or federal resources are needed. Individuals who were affected by the flood should contact their insurance company. In some cases, you may want to work with your mortgage company or landlord as well.
Malcolm Bowie, our City Engineer and Public Works Director is working on the City’s priorities of:
- restoring the public water supply and service to homes and businesses and;
- opening access routes to and from neighborhoods, which can also involve fixing drainageissues in affected areas.
Homes in the area of Arnold Hill and 1st Avenue should have water restored by 1:00 p.m. today. Access priorities have been identified as Canyon Court, Baila Way, Ridgeway, Pioneer Boulevard and Arnold Hill. As with any event, priorities are subject to change as new things develop or are discovered. We ask for your patience as our crews work endless hours to restore our infrastructure.
If you believe that your house is compromised, or if you experienced flooding that affected electrical sockets, you will need to have your house inspected. You can call our Community Development Department at 360-537-3217 to request an inspection. The City is focusing resources on restoring infrastructure; we do not have staffing or resources to assist you with your individual homes. As soon as we have information from FEMA or other resources we will share that with you. In the meantime, we recommend that you make your safety and health your priority and remove water logged items to eliminate the risk of mold or other contaminants. If you have insurance, follow your insurance company’s advice. We encourage you to take pictures and keep track of your expenses in the event that FEMA funding becomes available. Please know that once activated, FEMA takes several days to mobilize and reimbursements for expenses can take even longer.
The residents of the City of Aberdeen again showed their tenacity and strength of character in handling the lowland flooding and landslides that occurred as the result of record rainfall in the harbor. A special thank you to our emergency responders and to our citizens for doing everything possible to help their friends and neighbors during the past 36 hours. We are thankful that although this was a significant event, we experienced no loss of human life. We did experience a break in a 24-inch water line near 4th Avenue and Baila Way. We also lost a transmission line running between Malinowksi Dam and the water treatment plant, significantly reducing the supply to our domestic water system. We are pleased to report that the Public Works water crew worked through the night and had the transmission line repaired at 4 a.m. this morning.
The City’s water quality was not compromised by this event. The Sewer Treatment Plant remained fully operational and functioned as it was designed to do. All of the stormwater pump stations remained operational and functioning throughout the event. Franklin Field served its intended purpose for additional capacity.
We remind residents that standing water can carry contaminants and should be avoided. If you believe that something in your area has not yet been reported, please call our Community Development Department at 360-537-3217. As always, if you have an emergency, please call 911.
We will provide additional updates as additional assessments are made or as things change.