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Commissioners declare emergency winter disaster

In response to the winter storm that brought record-breaking amounts of snow Thursday across the county, a state of emergency has been declared in Chelan County.

A resolution declaring a disaster in Chelan County was signed Jan. 6 by Commissioner Kevin Overbay, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. County policy allows for one of the three commissioners of Chelan County to declare a state of emergency exists after counseling with public safety officers or Chelan County Emergency Management. Commissioners Bob Bugert and Tiffany Gering will sign the formal resolution on Jan. 10 at the regularly scheduled Board of County Commissioners meeting.

The emergency declaration affords commissioners the ability to use local resources without going through the typical government bidding process for goods and services. It is also generally a prerequisite for most state and federal recovery assistance funding.

On Thursday, Chelan County Public Works crews reported about 2 feet of snow in the Wenatchee area and as much as 4 feet in the county's higher elevations around Lake Wenatchee. The snow fell within a 24-hour period. Snow slides have been reported on Mission Creek and Olalla Canyon roads near Cashmere; Union Valley Road near Chelan; and on Mills Canyon and Entiat River roads near Entiat. Many other roads throughout the county were under hazardous conditions. 

For updates on the snow storm, monitor the Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page and the Public Works Facebook page.

Last Updated: 02/15/2022 12:35 PM

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