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City of North Bend Mayor Pro Tem Trevor Kostanich declared a state of emergency yesterday for North Bend, which has experienced potential record setting winter storms.
This declaration allows the City to call in additional resources to respond to this historic winter event. It also allows the City to potentially be eligible for state and federal funding to help offset unexpected costs associated with its response to severe winter weather.
“We understand the hardships everyone is going through and know this storm has left many stranded in their homes. The safety of our residents and emergency access is our first priority as we still have hundreds of homes without access,” Mayor Pro Tem Kostanich said. “We have called upon and been supported by our neighbors from the City of Issaquah, Eastside Fire & Rescue, King County, WSDOT, and the National Guard. Our city has made it their mission to clear streets as quickly as possible and coordinate continuous efforts to gain access to all homes that are still snowed in.”
Council and staff have taken several courses of action during this storm, including setting up an Emergency Operations Center for incident planning at Public Works, providing round-the-clock snow plowing with city crews and reaching out to private companies and other agencies for extra snow plows.
“Our council is proud of City staff for their work and commitment and commend them on their relationships with outside organizations that have come to help us out. The Public Works Department, especially, has been working long shifts that have taken time away from their families and taking care of their own properties for the safety of our residents,” Mayor Pro Tem Kostanich said. “There are still significant plowing needs the next few days and roads will remain challenging to drive on. We want to remind community members that your safety is our primary concern and to please use extreme caution if and when you choose to drive.”
We have also seen what makes this community great throughout the storm.
“Neighbors are helping each other out and looking after residents that may be at the most risk,” he said. “We, as a City look forward to hearing the many stories over the next few days and months as we get through this event as a stronger community.”
Please check the City’s website under the News button for updated road conditions and other weather-related information, such as trash service and transportation updates. Thank you for your continued patience and support. Please be safe.