Snohomish County residents and business owners are encouraged to report storm damage to their property that was caused by winter weather occurring Jan. 13–23 to the county’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM).
The damage assessments will be used to determine and justify the need for possible state assistance, federal assistance and other potential grants. Repeated snow, ice and freezing temperatures caused damage throughout Snohomish County, as well as a number of its cities.
“Snohomish County has shown continually its ability to respond to weather events such as snow and ice, keeping roads clear and open,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. “But we also know that some residents and business owners may have suffered damages due to ice and flooding.”
Snohomish County’s road crews plowed nearly 20,000 miles of roadway during the multiday storm event, using nearly 4,600 tons of sand to clear ice and snow, and have since replenished supplies for a future event.
Crews also worked to clear tree limbs and debris from the county’s stormwater catch basins — there are about 50,000 throughout the county — to prevent urban flooding.
Crews worked 12-hour shifts around the clock both on the road and in the shop, where trucks were prepared with proper equipment for each day’s weather conditions.
Residential, agricultural and business damages can be reported by calling the DEM office at (425) 388-5088 or by filling out and returning a damage-assessment form, which is available at www.snoco.org.
Individuals will need to provide an address where the damage occurred, a description of the extent and type of damage, and primary and secondary insurance information as well as deductible amounts. All damages should be documented with photographs if possible. Damage should also be reported to private insurance providers.