YVOEM says 22 search-and-rescue operations conducted Saturday in Yakima Valley
YAKIMA, Wash. -- The snow didn’t seem to let up, throughout Saturday.
According to the National Weather Service, parts of the Yakima Valley saw about five more inches of snow, and some locals found themselves in life-threatening situations.
Horace Ward, Operations Manager with the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management, says things got so dangerous, search and rescue had to be called upon to rescue an Outlook family.
"The conditions were so bad that plow vehicles couldn’t even get into them. First responders had a really hard time, so that’s why they ended up having to use search and rescue assets, like snow mobiles and military transport vehicles," said Ward.
According to a press release from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, the roof of a home on Maires Road collapsed from the snow.
The family of five wasn’t injured, but were stuck and had to be rescued by a snowmobile team.
Ward says search and rescue ended up rescuing 22 people on Saturday, not including the amount of people first responders, like fire and police rescued.
Storm Tracker Mike McCabe’s weather forecasts say the snow doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon, so Ward says families need to make sure they’re prepared for a snowy disaster.
"In a minimum, three days of food, three days of water, which is a gallon per person per day. We like to use flashlights instead of candles for the obvious, first aid supplies. Any spare things like diapers and wipes for your children, spare medication," listed Ward.
Ward also says to also have plenty of non-perishable food, flashlights, blankets, and warm clothing to help keep your family comfortable if you ever find yourself snowed in.