PACIFIC COUNTY - Following the storm earlier this month, Pacific County requested that local residents report damage to their primary residences or loss of revenue to business. The deadline for these preliminary damage assessment for governmental jurisdictions or agencies in Pacific County closed on Jan. 15. This is a preliminary process only. No formal estimates were required, only a "best guess" by the business owner/homeowner.

All of these initial reports were compiled by the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency and forwarded to the state and the governor as part of a package request that is being sent to the President for a disaster declaration.

Stephanie Fritts, director of PCEMA, took representatives from FEMA, the Small Business Administration and the Washington State Emergency Management Division on a tour of the local area on Friday, Jan. 16. They visited numerous locations in Naselle. The purpose of this tour in part was to verify some of the initial damage reported so that we will be included in the governor's request to the President.

Because of the change of administration, the process may be a bit slowed. Those affected are encouraged to call 642-9336, 875-9336 or 267-9336 for the latest information or you can call PCEMA at 642-9340 or 875-9340.

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