FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Please Report Your Property Damage
All residents, renters, landlords and property owners are asked to report their personal damage as soon as possible. A county-wide reporting form is being used for this purpose. These forms are needed to help determine if financial assistance is available. A link to the form can be found on the City’s website at www.aberdeenwa.gov. Paper copies of the form are available from the Finance Department on the first floor of City Hall. Local agencies are compiling damage reports to determine if state or federal assistance will be made available.
A separate reporting form is expected for businesses to report their losses as well. Once that form is made available, we will post a link to it on the City’s website as well.
Help from Volunteers: We again want to thank the many individuals, organizations and private companies who are working within our community to help those who suffered damage from the unprecedented rainfall. Groups continue to form and mobilize for volunteer efforts. At this time we are recommending anyone needing assistance or those wishing to offer assistance contact Home Depot at 360-533-6661, ext. 077.
If you have landslide material on your property you are required to contact the Community Development Department at 360-537-3217 to determine if a permit is needed prior to removal of the material.
Garbage Dumpsters: The garbage dumpsters placed throughout the city will remain throughout the weekend. Approximately 25 to 30 dumpster loads had already been picked up by 10 a.m. Friday morning. It is imperative that the material be placed inside the dumpster. Material outside the dumpster cannot be picked up by the truck and prevents access to the dumpster. The dumpsters are for use by City of Aberdeen residents for property damaged by flooding. Do not use the dumpsters for hazardous waste or large appliances. The dumpsters will be removed on Monday, January 12. The locations are:
- West End Park
- Corner of Market and F Streets
- 1300 Block of Simpson (next to old Swanson’s store)
- SouthShore Mall (near the old K-Mart location)
- Parking lot of the Harbor City Church at Scammel and Cherry
Pile mud, dirt and silt from your yard on City sidewalk: The City will have a schedule available next week for the pickup of organic material that is piled on the sidewalks. The material pile cannot contain any hazardous materials or non-organic matter. Keep all material out of the street. Do not wash the dirt and debris down the storm drain. Doing so has the potential to cause additional flooding to your neighborhood during the next rain event.
Complete your Personal Damage Report at the Library: Residents without internet access are encouraged to call the library at 360-533-2360 to reserve a computer before their visit to the library to complete the form. All Timberland libraries also have free wi-fi access from 6 a.m. to midnight every day. No password is required to access the Timberland wi-fi and access is available even if you are outside of the building.
Housing Assistance: Individuals needing housing assistance are encouraged to call Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP) at 360-533-5100. CCAP can also provide guidance to those who on SNAP who suffered a loss of stored food during the flood.
Prevent Fraud: Unfortunately, these events can bring out the worst in some people. Remember, never pay in advance for services. If you are paying for someone to do work for you, make sure they are licensed and insured and pay them only after the work is complete.
Streets update: At this time, all streets within the City limits are passable. Neighborhoods with damage are experiencing large traffic volumes as people want to see the damage in person. We encourage residents who do not need to be in the damaged areas to avoid them, work crews and residents are working diligently to clean up and return things to normal. The additional traffic and congestion slows the clean-up process.
Storm water system update: City crews continue to work to clear storm drains. Homeowners are encouraged to clear any storm drains in their neighborhoods. Do not place dirt in the roadway where it will be washed into or again clog the storm drainage system when the rains again.
Water service update: Water service has been restored to all residential water customers. There are no concerns about water quality. If you are experiencing problems with your water service, please call the Water Department at 537-3274 or 360-533-5817 after hours to report your concern.
Sewer system update: Flows at the sewer plant have returned to normal. If you are experiencing sanitary sewer problems, please call the sewer department 360-537-3287 or 360-533-5817 after hours to report your concern.
Other questions: 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.
As always, if you have an emergency, please call 911. We will provide additional updates as needed.