Press Release From The EOC:
CAMP MURRAY, Wash. -- The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is continuing operations at Phase III activation since 1:45 p.m. yesterday in response to extensive storm damage and impacts in Ferry County and on the lands of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.
As a result of the storm damage both Ferry County and the Colville Tribes have declared states of emergency and requested assistance from the state. As of this morning, State EOC support to Ferry County and the Colville Tribes has included:
- Coordinated the delivery of 22 radios for search and rescue operations from Stevens County to Ferry County;- Providing an EOC liaison and two additional personnel from the Washington Military Department's Emergency Management Division for assistance with damage assessments and initial recovery operations; and,- Supplying refrigerated trucks for food storage and portable showers from Department of Natural Resources that will arrive at the shelter at the Community Center in the town of Keller on the Colville Reservation this afternoon.
FERRY COUNTY, Wash. - Friday afternoon a severe storm system moved through the Keller area and caused major damage.
The Ferry County Sheriff's Department says the storm that moved through Friday knocked down power lines and as a result, the majority of the county serviced by Ferry County PUD has no power and we are told residents should expect power to be out for at least the next few days.
Tress blocked most of the roadways in the county, though most have been cleared enough for crews and residents to pass.
As a result of all the damage and power service being out, the Ferry County Commissioners have declared a local state of emergency and have requested the support of the Washington State Emergency Management Division. The Red Cross will be establishing an emergency shelter in the Keller Community Center to assist with displaced residents. More shelters will open as the need arises.
The Ferry County Sheriff's Department wants to remind citizens to stay away from downed power lines and assess their potable water and food needs for the next few days.
As soon as we get more information, we will update this story.