Public Service Announcement
Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kittitas County flood event for January 2011

Kittitas County, WA - 01/17/2011 - Kittitas County Commissioners sign Resolution 2011-006 declaring local emergency status for flooding impacts.

Continued flooding in Kittitas county prompted the Board of County Commissioners to sign a local declaration of emergency shortly after noon today. About 30 homes, 37 roads and 1 commercial property have been impacted and a dozen families have evacuated their property. No injuries have been reported. Transportation will continue to be impacted with the following road closures; Riverbottom, Dollarway, Ringer Loop and a section of Hungry Junction at Reecer Creek. The local Red Cross is prepared to open shelters if needed.

With the exception of Riverbottom, the effected roads should open within a couple days as the waters are expected to crest in our area this afternoon/evening.

Residents are asked to report flooding problems to KITTCOM and take steps to document damage.

Sandbags are available at Fire Station 21 on the Vantage HWY, the old Price-Chopper on East 3rd in Cle Elum and Fire Station 73 on Golf Course Road.

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us

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Contact: Additional updates will be provided as the event progresses.