Rep. Newhouse urges for state of emergency declaration due to landslide
YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - Representative Dan Newhouse is urging the governor to declare a state of emergency for Yakima County in response to the Rattlesnake Ridge landslide.
Newhouse cited the ridge location being next to Interstate 82, a vital path to commuters in the region, and the Yakima River in a request he sent January 12 to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. He pledged to work with Inslee to ensure resources to the Yakima Valley in case of catastrophic results.
"I was pleased to see on January 10, 2018 that Yakima County and the City of Union Gap made the decision in taking the precautionary steps by declaring a disaster area because of the deteriorating conditions," Newhouse said in the statement.
Declaring a state of emergency is vital to make sure people in the affected area are kept safe with quick emergency response, according to Newhouse. A map displaying the current affected area is attached to this story.
The letter Newhouse sent to Inslee can be read here.