IFAW US: Washington State Flooding Update
The International Fund for Animal Welfare's Emergency Relief Manager, Dick Green filed this update just about an hour ago on IFAW's monitoring of the situation surrounding the massive flooding in Washington State.
Good morning. I have now heard from Grays Harbor, Snoqualmie, Puyallup, Pacific, and Mason Counties. I was in contact with Thurston and King Counties last week. In addition, I have been in daily contact with Department of Agriculture and at this time there have been no requests for rescue, transportation, sheltering, or food. For the most part, the local communities and county DEM have been able to provide needed support. There are local rescue groups active in the area but I do not know where they are operating and I am not aware of which national NGOs might be active in the region. There are at least eight animal shelters in operation at this time - the largest at Evergreen (Olympia) and Puyallup Fairgrounds.
Given the amount of time that has transpired and that the majority of western rivers have started to recede, I would say that our chances of providing water rescue are quite low. I-90 and I-5 are now open and many of the smaller highways are opening as well which will allow counties to get a better idea of what is needed by today or tomorrow. I would suspect that the greatest need will be for food delivery and to provide back-up for sheltering teams that have now been at it for nearly a week.
I have contacted Dave Richardson from Spokane Humane Society and he has offered the services of their van for food transport. This converted bread truck would be ideal for hauling hay and animals if needed for short runs. In addition, we have access to a converted school bus from HEART that would also be ideal for transporting food and animals. HEART has put out a request for responders and I am confidant that between those folks and HQ staff, we will be able to handle any request that might come our way.
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