Register for FEMA flood relief by March 31

February 3, 2009

By Staff

* Editor’s note: This story contains updated information.

King County’s Solid Waste Division is providing vouchers through Feb. 26 for residents affected by last month’s floods to dispose of flood debris at no cost at any King County solid waste transfer station.

Get vouchers by calling 206-296-4466, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.If you take flood debris to a transfer station and don’t have a voucher, you’ll be charged regular disposal fees. County officials worked with commercial haulers to establish temporary debris drop-off sites in six communities hardest hit by flooding. The sites took in more than 800 tons of items in 10 days that were damaged by floodwaters that reached historic levels on some rivers following several days of heavy rain and melting snow. Last week, the County Council approved a 30-day extension.

“I toured around the flooded areas and I saw so much extensive damage,” said King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert. “I’ve never seen a house moved off its foundation by a flood before.

“King County estimates that 40 to 50 homes were completely destroyed by flooding, and hundreds more were damaged significantly,” she said. “With floodwaters still lingering for weeks in some areas, these homeowners need additional time to clean up after this disaster, and King County is ready to assist with debris disposal.”

Items longer than 8 feet or weighing more than 200 pounds will not be accepted. Electronic equipment, explosives, tires, computers, alkaline batteries and oil-contaminated soil will not be accepted.

President Barack Obama has declared a federal disaster for the storm that impacted King County.

“In response to recurring flooding, I look forward to working on additional policies to address, eliminate or reduce damage from flooding, but I also hope that we won’t have to use them,” Lambert said.

Citizens who were impacted by the flood have until March 31 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to initiate the federal disaster assistance process. Go to www.fema.gov or call 800-621-FEMA (3362).

What to know

  • Factoria transfer station
  • 13800 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue
  • 6:15 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday – Sunday
  • Household hazardous waste disposal — 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday
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