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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 26, 2012

Report storm damages

The recent winter storm had impacts across a wide swath of King County. Residents and businesses that suffered property damage or other losses in the storm may be eligible for assistance to get their property back in order. Eligibility is determined through a damage assessment process which takes into account the total reported losses within King County.

In order to compute the losses, individuals and businesses are encouraged to submit reports online with the King County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) or call 1-800-523-5044 during business hours to record a damage report. These two reporting systems will be open until 5 p.m. on Jan. 31. Submitting a report to OEM does not guarantee reimbursement.

In addition, the county is offering free disposal of branches, tree limbs and other wood debris left by the wind and snow storms. Residens can dispose of the debris Feb. 4 and 5 at four locations:

  • The Shoreline, Enumclaw and Cedar Falls solid waste facilities.
  • Kent's Russell Road Park, 24400 Russell Rd., Kent. Clean wood debris will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Damage reports are for uninsured losses. Before filing a damage report with OEM, residents and business owners should contact their insurance provider about existing coverage and deductibles. They are also urged to document damage with photographs and keep records of all cleanup and repair costs.

Residents in unincorporated King County whose homes were damaged in the storm can obtain free building inspections from the King County Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES). DDES has waived the associated fee to help residents speed up repair to their property. Priority service will be given for damaged structures requiring permits for repair work.

Inspectors will evaluate the integrity of structures, assess if a structure is safe to occupy, and whether a permit is required for repair work. Inspection staff may also advise customers of the need to pursue a more detailed inspection from a licensed structural engineer to determine the full extent of the damage. While storm damage inspections are free, standard permit fees still apply.

To request a damage assessment inspection during business hours, call 206-296-6630. DDES operates Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. For minor repairs, permits can be issued over the counter at the DDES offices at 900 Oakesdale Ave. SW in Renton.

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