State of emergency declared for 28 counties

Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency for 28 counties affected by winter storms.

A state of emergency was declared late Tuesday for the following counties: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Pend Oreille, Pierce, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane, Stevens, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whatcom, and Whitman Counties.

Multiple winter storms from January 30 through February 22 produced high winds, heavy snowfall, ice accumulation, and significant rainfall. The storms caused power outages, major damage to roads and public utilities, delays and cancelations within the state ferry system and at major airports, and damage to homes and businesses."

"The colder, wetter, and stormier weather this winter has heavily impacted many communities throughout the state," Inslee said.

The storms also required shelter to be provided for those impacted.

The proclamation will help the WSDOT to make emergency repairs to roadways and request federal financial assistance for them, which is estimated at more than $10 million.