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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Raymond Residents Asked to Boil Water

Attention Raymond Residents. Recent heavy rains have caused problems with your drinking water. You are asked to boil your water before drinking it. More information is available from the Washington State Department of Health: http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/…/RecentAlerts

Thursday, February 5, 2015

NWS Issues High Wind Warning

South Bend, Washington – As of 2:37 p.m. this afternoon, the National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 10:00 p.m. today to 7:00 a.m. tomorrow for the South Washington Coast. The strongest winds are expected for the beaches and headlands.

South Winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands. The forecast for coastal communities is for South winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Winds will begin increasing late this evening and overnight. The strongest winds are expected midnight and 4:00 a.m. on Friday.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. 

Please visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/portland for the most up to date weather information. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the Southwest Washington area.

PCEMA to Hold Hazard Mitigation Plan Meetings in Conjunction with Tsunami Forums

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has been awarded a federal mitigation planning grant, applied for with the intent of updating the Pacific County Hazard Mitigation Plan, first published in 2010. 

BOLDplanning, a consulting firm contracted to guide the process, will lead public meetings to kick off the update of Pacific County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. BOLDplanning manages the hazard mitigation planning process by providing on-site process facilitation, stakeholder outreach, data collection and analysis, plan writing, and strategy development. The mitigation plan addresses Pacific County’s natural hazards, vulnerabilities and complies with state and federal regulations.   The meetings will be held on February 18th in Long Beach at the South County Administration Building, Meeting Room A, located at 7013 Sandridge Road at 2:00 p.m. The second meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. on February 19th, at the Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce Community Center, 916 W. First Street in South Bend. 

These meetings are planned with public input in mind and will be held in conjunction with Tsunami Information Forums designed for the business community. Following these kick-off meetings, meetings will be held with stakeholders from the previous Pacific County Hazard Mitigation Plan, as well as new stakeholders identified to partner with the county for plan development and implementation. Any questions may be directed to Chief Deputy Stephanie Fritts, sfritts@co.pacific.wa.us or (360) 642/875-9340.

Monday, January 5, 2015

National Weather Service Issues Flood Warning for the Naselle River

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland Oregon has issued a flood warning for the Naselle River effective from now until this afternoon or until the warning is cancelled. At 3:00 a.m. the river level was at 15.1 feet. Flood stage for the Naselle is 15.5 feet. The river is expected to crest around 9:00 a.m. on Monday at 16.2 feet. Minor flooding is forecast. 

The river is expected to rise above flood stage around 5:00 a.m. At 16 feet flooding of several homes and roads along and near the Naselle River can be expected. Portions of State Route 4 will also likely be flooded.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Free CERT Training

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) is offering a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in Raymond. Training is scheduled as follows:

Saturday, January 17, 2015 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 18, 2015 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 24, 2015 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 25, 2015 · 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The course will be held at the Riverview Education Center (600 Washington Avenue, Raymond, WA 98586). Pre-registration is required and is limited to 24 participants.
The CERT program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your neighborhood in an emergency situation. CERT members receive 20 hours of initial training provided free of charge. The course is taught with classroom instruction for the first two days and practical exercises during the third day, the fourth day will be devoted to more advanced training and is optional. Participants under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission to attend. 

To register or for more information, contact Scott McDougall at (360) 875-9338 or email smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us.  

Friday, December 19, 2014

National Weather Service Forecasting Significant Rainfall Totals, High Surf, and Unusually High Tides

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a flood watch for Pacific County effective from Saturday afternoon through Monday. The weather service forecasters are calling for a “classic atmospheric river” over southwest Washington beginning tomorrow and continuing through 4:00 a.m. Monday morning, with weekend rainfall totals that could reach as high as 6 inches on the coast and 12 inches in the Willapa Hills. A High Surf Advisory is also in effect until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

In addition, the coastal areas of Pacific County will also be experiencing a series of higher than normal astronomical tides that, when combined with the high rainfall totals may lead to an increased risk of tidal overflow (flooding caused by an abnormally high tide). High tide, in Raymond, will be at 11:33 a.m. on Saturday, 12:16 p.m. on Sunday, and 1:00 p.m. on Monday. 

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency urges everyone to monitor the weather forecast and be alert for potential flooding throughout the weekend. Care should also be exercised by clam diggers taking advantage of this weekend’s clam tides. Waves will run further on the beach than normal and “sneaker” waves can be expected. Do not turn your back to the ocean, and exercise extreme caution.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Community Tsunami Inundation Forums Postponed

South Bend, Washington –Due to the High Wind Warning issued by the National Weather Service, and anticipated strength of the storm system forecast for Pacific County, the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has postponed the Community Tsunami Inundation Forums previously scheduled for tomorrow.

The Community Tsunami Inundation Forums have been re-scheduled for Friday January 9th, from 2:00 p.m. until 4: p.m. at the Chautauqua Lodge 304 14th Street North in Long Beach, and 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Pacific County Fire District #1 26109 Ridge Avenue in Ocean Park. 

The forecast storm may cause tree damage, and may result in power disruptions.  A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. 

NWS Issues High Wind Warning for Thursday

South Bend, Washington –The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, December 11, 2014 until 10:00 p.m. tomorrow for the South Washington Coast. South wind gusts of 70 to 80 mph are forecast for coastal communities, with gusts 80 to 90 mph forecast for the beaches and headlands.  Winds are anticipated to increase rapidly during the late morning and early afternoon Thursday.

The winds may produce significant property damage to structures, as well as, other wind damage that might lead to power disruptions and travel difficulties, especially for large trucks and trailers and other high profile vehicles. Caution should be exercised at all times. This is the third and strongest storm of the three forecast to affect the Pacific County area this week.

A graphic of the forecast winds and timing follows:



Precautionary/Preparedness Actions: 

These winds will may cause tree damage, and may result in power disruptions.  A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.