What Inslee’s state of emergency proclamation means for Yakima County

What Inslee’s state of emergency proclamation means for Yakima County

Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency for twenty eastern Washington counties including Yakima County.

After last week’s flood events, Yakima County was added to Inslee’s proclamation.

The proclamation is a way to ensure that the state will help flooded communities recover quickly in case major damage occurs.

Yakima city leaders said it could be a good thing for those affected by recent flooding.

“Once the full damage assessment has been determined that potentially makes the city and private property owners eligible for state and federal disaster funding,” said city of Yakima spokesperson Randy Beehler.

City leaders said cost of damage from recent flooding is still being evaluated.

Those affected by the recent flooding should contact the emergency management office to fill out a form that could help qualify them for damage funds.