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Tag Archives: Disaster Recovery

VICTORY! U.S. House passes Suzan DelBene’s National Landslide Preparedness Act

Excerpt: The bill would advance our understanding of the geology behind landslides and make funds available for emergency preparedness programs pertaining to landslides.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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On fifth anniversary of Oso slide, NPI calls on Legislature to fund geologic hazards research

Excerpt: NPI is calling on Washington's lawmakers to appropriate funding so geologic hazards like slides can be researched by our Department of Natural Resources.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Magnitude 7.0 earthquake shakes Anchorage, Alaska, causing widespread damage

Excerpt: A powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook the City of Anchorage, its suburbs, and points beyond this morning, causing widespread damage in Alaska's largest city. 
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Amtrak Cascades 501 derails onto Interstate 5 at Mounts Road; several passengers killed

Excerpt: A horrific scene is unfolding in Pierce County, where the first Amtrak Cascades train in revenue service on the new Point Defiance bypass has been wrecked.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hurricane Irma heading for the United States; Florida will take direct, devastating hit

Excerpt: Sunshine will soon be but a memory in the Sunshine State, with the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded set to roar ashore in a matter of hours. "If" is no longer a question. Irma is coming, and it's going to be bad.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Wildfire roundup for September 5th, 2017: Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are burning

Excerpt: For months, author­i­ties across the Pacif­ic North­west have been warn­ing that our region was fac­ing an extreme wild­fire risk this sum­mer that would only be exac­er­bat­ed by a lack of pre­cip­i­ta­tion. As we approach the autum­nal equinox, those fears have come to pass, with a series of dev­as­tat­ing fires burn­ing up and down the Cas­cade […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hurricane Harvey’s impact worsens as rainfall continues to deluge greater Houston

Excerpt: Last week, as read­ers know, Hur­ri­cane Har­vey roared ashore in Texas, mak­ing its first land­fall at Rock­port around 03:00 UTC. It is the first hur­ri­cane to make land­fall in the south­ern Unit­ed States in twelve years, end­ing a record stretch that began fol­low­ing the dev­as­ta­tion caused by Hur­ri­canes Kat­ri­na and Wilma in 2005. Since then, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Horrible tragedy unfolding in Nepal following massive quake; thousands dead and injured

Excerpt: Last night, as most of the Pacif­ic time­zone was head­ed to bed or snooz­ing away fol­low­ing the end of anoth­er work­week, a mas­sive earth­quake struck Nepal, includ­ing the cap­i­tal of Kath­man­du. Ini­tial­ly report­ed as a mag­ni­tude 7.5 trem­blor by the U.S. Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey, it was lat­er revised to 7.8. The quake stuck at a depth […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Obama signs emergency declaration for Washington State to help mudslide victims

Excerpt: Good news. This just in from the White House: Today, the Pres­i­dent declared an emer­gency in the State of Wash­ing­ton and ordered fed­er­al aid to sup­ple­ment state and local response efforts due to the emer­gency con­di­tions result­ing from flood­ing and mud­slides begin­ning on March 22, 2014, and con­tin­u­ing. The Pres­i­den­t’s action autho­rizes the Depart­ment of […]
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Terrible devastation in Philippines prompts renewed call for aid from the United Nations

Excerpt: As pic­tures and eye­wit­ness accounts con­tin­ue to come in from the Philip­pines, depict­ing the ter­ri­ble dev­as­ta­tion wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, the Unit­ed Nations is launch­ing a $300+ mil­lion appeal for aid from the world com­mu­ni­ty to help the more than eleven mil­lion peo­ple affect­ed by the storm. (Many of them are with­out shel­ter after the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Inslee: We have a plan for making I‑5’s Skagit River Bridge driveable again by mid-June

Excerpt: The Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (WSDOT) has devised a plan to make Inter­state 5 between Mount Ver­non and Burling­ton pass­able again by mid-June, Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee announced this after­noon. State bridge engi­neers have been work­ing fever­ish­ly to fig­ure out how the bridge that car­ries Inter­state 5 over the Skag­it Riv­er might be repaired. The […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Time to give the failed I‑5 Skagit River span a new name: The Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day after­noon on Dai­ly Kos, pro­gres­sive activist Wu Ming sug­gest­ed that, in the wake of the fail­ure of Inter­state 5’s Skag­it Riv­er cross­ing, which car­ries more than sev­en­ty thou­sand vehi­cles a day, it would be appro­pri­ate to give the span a new name: The Tim Eyman Memo­r­i­al Bridge. Ming wrote: As I watched the cov­er­age […]
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Hurray for Amtrak! Third daily Cascades train between Seattle and Bellingham is coming

Excerpt: A big kudos to WSDOT, Burling­ton North­ern San­ta Fe, and Sound Tran­sit for fig­ur­ing out how to pull this new ser­vice togeth­er on short notice: To assist trav­el­ers affect­ed by yesterday’s I‑5 high­way bridge col­lapse in Skag­it Coun­ty, Amtrak Cas­cades will add one round trip route between Seat­tle and Belling­ham, Wash., in the com­ing weeks. […]
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Governor Inslee: Repair of collapsed I‑5 Skagit River Bridge is estimated at $15 million

Excerpt: It’s only been six­teen hours since a sec­tion of the bridge that car­ries Inter­state 5 over the Skag­it Riv­er col­lapsed, but already the Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (WSDOT) is work­ing on a plan to put the span back togeth­er. Experts have esti­mat­ed the cost of a bridge repair at around $15 mil­lion, accord­ing to […]
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