Water Rescues Happening Now – #ChesterfieldCoPA

Updated 1818 Hours PDT

 

Incident Summary

Scanner feed has been picked up stating as 30 minutes ago, multiple water rescues are in progress in the Chesterfield County, Pennsylvania.

Scanner Feed (http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/20873) says boats are being requested.

This is due to torrential downpours causing severe flooding

Weather Forecast

Another torrential downpour is expected in the next hour (it is 2126 Hours) and more flooding.

Areas Affected

The current locations mentioned are the following areas:

  • River Road
  • Mount Joy Road
  • NIchol Street
  • Bigler Avenue
  • Martin Street
  • Turnpike Avenue (closed) as of 2132 PDT
  • W Front

Scanner Feed Chatter

There was chatter about Divers being sent to the Nichols Street area.  Other areas are being evacuated and residents being moved to shelters.

Social Media

We are using #ClearfieldCoPAFloods as reference to these floods.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Update 1 | Hail Storm Hits Lamar County TX

Updated 5/9/2016 – Monday – 2039 PDT / 2239 CDT

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Several tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather Service – Ft. Worth in the Paris and near Sumner this evening.

Reports of large hail the size of 1.7″ around 2120 CDT and 2.75% around 1756 CDT hit the area of Paris, Texas – a City of approximately 24,895 (2014 Census) and a high population of 1800 Vets (2010-2014).

 

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Fire

  • Paris Fire Department

Police

  • TX State Troopers
  • Lamar Co Sheriffs Dept

 

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Fire and Police are running from one dispatched call to the next.  Here are some of the calls they are responding to:

Downed Trees

  • 82E @ Blossom:  Trees in the Street.

Flooding Calls

  • Tinker Street: water up to the front steps of homes. (2210 CDT)
  • Ash & Cedar Closed:  Roadway impassable (2209 CDT)
  • 22500:  Flooded
  • 22900: Now cleared.
  • 271 South:  Past Cobb Ranch Rd. under water. Passable. (2217 CDT)
  • SE 26th Street:  Furniture washed down roadway.
  • Center:  High water on both East and West sides.

Power Outages

  • Abbott Lane:  Medical call + power outage. (2212 CDT)

Welfare Check

  • Main Street:  House on corner. Fire being sent to check condition of residents. (2211 CDT)

 

FLOODS

History

  • 5/9/2016:  Paris, Lamar County, TX
  • 5/1/2016:  Paris, Lamar County, TX
  • 4/29/2016:  Paris, Lamar County, TX

 

WEATHER 

Current Conditions

  • Temp: 67-degrees
  • Precipitation: 15%
  • Humidity:  75%
  • Wind:  11 mph

2-Day Forecast

  • 5/9/2016 – Monday:  67-degrees. Partly cloudy w/20% precip. Winds from S at 6 mph and 82% humidity.
  • 5/10/2016 – Tuesday:  High 89/ Low 67.  Cloudy in the AM, Sun in the evening.  20% precip.  Winds from SSW 15 mph with 67% humidity.

 

LIVE SCANNER FEEDS

Amateur Radio 

Law Enforcement

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

  • #ParisTXFloods2016
  • #ParisTX
  • #LamarCoTX
  • #smem

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Western Washington Weather Brings Lots of Rain, Flooding and Mudslides

WEATHER SUMMARY

Tuesday’s weather has been a very soggy day bringing lots of rain with some reporting up to 2″ in some places, causing flooding and mudslides in Western Washington State.  Already saturated by rains in the last few days, more began dumping today and not letting up until later this afternoon.

By then, areas like Kent reported large flooded areas and some drivers ignoring common sense and trying to “drive” [we call it boating] across large bodies of water that seemed more like a big swimming hole.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Index

  • Index Galena Rd |  @ MP 3 to end of Roadway | Closed: 11/9/15 – Long-term closure | Washout | Source: Snohomish County Public Works.

Granite Falls

  • Monte Cristo Rd | Mtn Loop Hwy to end of roadway | Closed:  4/24/15 1200 PST, Long-term closure | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.
  • Mtn Loop Hwy | Monte Cristo Rd – White Chuck River Rd | Closed:  11/18/15 1745 PST | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.

Monroe

  • Ben Howard | 311 Ave SE – Cedar Ponds Rd | Water over Roadway | Closed: 12/18/15 2030 PST | Source: Snohomish County Public Works.
  • Tualco Loop Rd | Tualco Rd | Water over Roadway | Closed:  12/8/15 2100 PST | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.

Palouse

  • Hwy 27 | 2 Mi N of Palouse | Landslide blocking roadway | Source:  KREM 2 News 12/8/15 2122PST

Sultan

  • 35 Avenue SE | 141 St SE – 139 St SE | Water over Roadway | Closed: 12/8/15 1230 PST | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.
  • 311 Ave SE | SR 2 – Mann Rd | Water over Roadway | Closed: 12/8/15 1930PST | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.
  • Mann Rd | 311 Ave SE to end of Road | Water over Roadway | Closed: 12/8/15 1530 PST | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.

FLOOD WARNINGS  [Source:  NWS Seattle]

Skokomish River Near Potlatch

  • Warning til Thursday, 12/10/15
  • Flood stage is 16.5′
  • Currently at 17.6′ as of Tuesday, 12/8/15
  • Expected to rise & crest at 17.8′
  • Major flooding occurring
  • Expected to drop below flood stage at 0400 Wed, 12/9/15
  • Expected to drop to 17.5′ on Thursday AM
  • To cause additional major flooding, deep & quick floodwaters flooding some homes, roadways and much of the farm land in Skokomish Valley.

FLOOD WATCHES [Source:  NWS Seattle]

  • Lower Columbia and I – 5 Corridor in Cowlitz County; South Washington Cascade Foothills; Willapa Hills | Expires: 12/9/15 0400PST.
  • Central Columbia River Gorge; Western Columbia River Gorge | Expires:  12/9/15 1600PST.
  • Greater Vancouver Area | Expires:  12/9/15 1900PST.
  • South Washington Cascades | Expires:  12/10/15 0852PST.
  • South Washington Coast | Expires:  12/11/15 1200PST.
  • Yakima | Expires:  12/10/15 0852PST.
  • Cowlitz | Expires:  12/9/15 1903PST.
  • Whatcom | Expires:  12/9/15 1624PST.
  • Snohomish | Expires:  12/10/15 0723PST.
  • Mason | Expires:  12/10/15 2040PST.
  • Grays Harbor | Expiring Until Further Notice. 

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENTS [Source:  NWS Seattle]

Bellevue & Vicinity, Bremerton & Vicinity, E Puget Sound lowlands, Seattle & Vicinity, W Slopes North Cascade and Passes, W Slopes N Central Cascades and Passes, West Slopes S Central Cascades and Passes.

  • Additional heavy rainfall: expected tonight will lead to an increased threat of landslides in Western Washington.
  • Rainfall expected: 4-7″ on the Coast.
  • Rainfull expected:  5″ elsewhere in lowlands.
  • Rainfall total expected:  1-3″ rain expected in lowlands in the next 18-hour period ending 12/9/15 1000 PST.
  • 12/7/15:  Landslides occurred in Woodinville and Edmonds.
  • Future Expectations:  More land/mudslides to occur.
  • Warning Expires:  12/9/15 1400 PST

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog

CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS THOSE WORTH SAVING

With rising tides, the ocean brings more than waves crashing up on the beach. This time residents are greeted by a huge ship onshore named Tekekaoi which means “Good Luck” in the Kiribati language.  I don’t think this is really what they had in mind as Luck coming up on shore.  (Photo Credit:  Humans of Kiribati.  May 2015)

We will be talking about one such area where its Island residents have been pleading to migrate to higher ground around them and their right to survive.  See what journey they have been gone to try to start the process of leaving their Islands behind for a better life.

KIRIBATI, COUNTRY OF ISLANDS

As a Public Safety Blogger and Writer, I have the opportunity to write on many topics that include Life and Safety issues which brings Kiribati to mind.  Always searching for stories to share and their images have left heartbroken for those affected by the powerful storms and survival.  The Climate Change has greatly impacted their way of life, homes, crops and emotionally.

Need we may say more?  A picture paints a thousand words and in this case, many thousands more. (Photo Credit:  Humans of Kiribati.  October 2014.)

If you are unfamiliar as to where the Kiribati Islands are located, you are not alone. Great extensive research has been completed to visualize where their tiny Islands reside in the Pacific Ocean.

The Republic of Kiribati became independent from the UK in 1979, is an low-lying island nation comprised of 33 atolls and reef islands and one coral reef island. The islands are protruding tips of undersea volcanoes only a few feet above sea-level.  It’s highest point is 266-feet.  South Tarawa is the Country’s capital.

Mangroves are a source of stopping erosion to homes and used as a food source for marine life.  (Photo Credit:  Humans for Kiribati)

These islands have approximately 310 square land miles.  Their spread is approximately over 1.3Million miles and straddles both the equator and the International Date line but the Line Islands bring all the islands within the same time zone. Their population is at 103,000 with half living on the Tarawa Atoll.  Kiribati is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, IMF, World Bank and the United Nations.

Kiribati is one of the world’s most poorest and least developed Countries.  It has few natural resources including exporting fish and Copra [coconut meat].  It’s main financial support comes from sources such as fishing licenses, limited tourism, development assistance and worker remittances. Due to the remoteness and being so isolated, the Kiribati is unable to fully develop tourism completely.

Since 1990, Kiribati has been an active member participating in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), an intergovernmental agency focusing on low-lying and small island countries addressing Global Warming. 

A COUNTRY & ITS PEOPLE WORTH SAVING

The Kiribati President and government continues to plead to surrounding Countries and the world to save them. Here are some of the highlights that they are trying to mitigate to save their Country – but they cannot do it alone but with the help of the World together, as one.

A King tide comes in and floods the area including the maternity clinic and hospital causing patients to be evacuated and moved to another facility.  (Photo Courtesy:  Humans of Kiribati.)

  • 2009:  President Tong pledged on November 10, 2009, with 10 other Countries to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • 2010:  Kiribati hosted on November 10, 2010, the Tarawa Climate Change Conference (TCCC) to support their initiative.
  • 2013:  President Tong spoke about climate-induced sea levels rising as inevitable. Pleas for his people to survive, they need to migrate as a large group or to prepare them.
  • 2014:  President Tong told the NY Times “Within this century, the water levels will be higher than all of their highest peaks on land.”
  • 2014: New Zealand rejected the notion that Kiribati’s plea for refugee status due to climate change is not a legitimate reason to allowing them to migrate to their country and will never allow them to move to that Country for that reason. It was also rejected by their Supreme Court.
  • 2015:  US Ambassador Judith Cefkin will be officiating ground-breaking ceremony in North Tarawa for a new health clinic to be funded by USAid. (http://www.climate.gov.ki/2015/02/25/four-new-ambassadors-meet-with-president-tong/)
  • 2015:  In February, 4 American, Spanish, Netherlands-Dutch and German Ambassadors lent their credentials to the Kiribati country and members of the European Union will be visiting EU-funded projects in the Country. Those projects are Environmentally Safe aggregates to Tarawa, Solar Energy, as well as Sanitary and Water projects.  (http://www.climate.gov.ki/2015/02/25/four-new-ambassadors-meet-with-president-tong/)

EXAMPLES OF AN IMPACTED COUNTRY

“We are global citizens. Our genes are global. Our bodies are global. Our societies are global. Our economies are global. Our environment is global. Our possessions are global. Our civic life is global.” – The Kiribati People

In desperation, the Kiribati people refuse to give up Hope that someday they took will live out their lives in a Country that will accept them as their own and offer ways they too can contribute to society.  We know it’s really not Rocket Science but a goodwill gesture in helping save mankind.  We know that it’s the right thing to do and worth saving the people of Kiribati from extinction.

A King Wave has come into the Island’s Betio Maternity Hospital clinic and maternity ward flooding out the building and everything around it. This is an ambulance that appears to have been severely damaged. They are a poor Country and can’t just file an insurance claim to buy a brand new one.  (Photo Courtesy:  These photos courtesy of Victor Itaea, Raimon Kataotao Naitiniwa Teitiaki Joan Temai Leupena and Claire Anterea Tangaroa Late February 2015 www.theislandrescueproject.org The Island Rescue Project via Carol Armstrong, The Island Rescue Project. Photos taken in February 2015.)

“You have a place to run and seek higher ground for shelter.  We have no place to run to when the extremely high waves seek refuge on our low-lying Islands. The seas are getting higher and higher. We ask the World to please Save us.” – Kiribati people

Though others may be fleeing for their lives from Syria into other Countries around the world to escape war, others are simply trying to make it to higher ground to protect their own Lives.  “The world needs to see for themselves what Global Warming is doing to others than have no where to flee to.”

A downtown shop floods from the many waves that now crash up on the beaches into populated areas. (Photo Credit:  Carol Armstong, The Island Rescue Project)

“Refugees run from war and are being taken into welcoming arms of Countries, we struggle to survive from destructive waves that promise to sink our Nation.” 

Here are some of their stories:

  • February 2015:  “The ocean is taking over the low-lying islands and people are living in this every day. There is NO place for them to go to higher ground.  King Tides occur monthly and are getting more destructive each month”
  • February 23, 2015:  One resident reports: “Villages in Kiribati are experiencing overtopping from last night’s super wave causing all patients to be evacuated from the Betio Maternity Hospital to the main  hospital at Naverevere.  Those who do not live on the islands have a place to run and hide but we do not. The seas are getting higher and higher and we have no place to seek shelter.”
  • February 2015:  “The impact of Climate Change this year was much more severe than in recent years.  Most of the damage sustained in our Capital City of Tarawa which are now full of many stones.”
  • March 6, 2015:  “Sea levels continue to rise due to climate change, and some countries may vanish into the ocean by 2050. The most at-risk is the South Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Coastal erosion and freshwater contamination could make Kiribati uninhabitable in the next 30 years.”
  • March 9, 2015:  “It seems like we are having a rainy weather now together with strong winds . The next high tide will be this afternoon till night time and if accompanied with the strong winds, the waves will be dangerous and severely destructive.”
  • March 9, 2015:  “Another writes, “Most of the seawalls that were recently constructed by MACDow have been destroyed now.Furthermore, the roads are covered with sand, gravel and big stones again. Residential houses along the coastal area are greatly affected by the strong waves too.”
  • March 10, 2015:  “Extreme damage to the Nippon Causeway that links Betio and Bariki Islets on Tarawa, Kiribati.”
  • July 8, 2015:  Carol Armstrong of The Island Rescue Project writes: ‘Living on the coast of a former freshwater pond that is now flooded with seawater, high tides post a serious problem for his family, so he has resolved to move house further inland. His wife had gone to visit her relatives on the neighboring island and to bring back groceries. Pacific islands need climate change help now.’
  • October 2015:  “Just hours after a high-level meeting with delegates from several nations and transnational organizations on climate-induced migration; the winds picked up, the sea swelled, and people living close to the shores headed inland. This was an unusal storm.”

HOW YOU CAN HELP

To learn how you can assist the people of Kiribati and surrounding Pacific Ocean islands and The Island Rescue Project, a non-profit 501(c)(3)  whom is working with them with sanitation and water supplies, baby formula and teaching in schools, as well as assisting in the clinics, check out their website at www.theislandrescueproject.org. Carol Armstrong is their Founder.  She also has a Facebook page SOS . . . Kirbati Needs Your Help! that she created for the people of Kiribati and other Pacific Islands.

Written by LR Swenson, Writer for The NW Fire Blog – https://thenwfireblog.com.  Twitter @nwfireblog

(c) 2015 Photographs were republished with previous written authorization and credits were given to the Photographers to the best of the ability of the Author.

(c) 2015 LR Swenson No portion of this article may be electronically or manually reproduced, altered or published without the express written authorization of the Author.

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH | Day 2 | Out-of-State Contact

REFLECTIONS

We talked in our last post, Day 1: Creating an Evacuation Plan.  Now, that you have created your plan, practiced your escape routes and are feeling confident about any disaster you may encounter – it’s time to see what Day 2’s Tip has in store for you and your family, friends and communities.

PURPOSE

There are actually two parts to this post, though the second will be a tool you can use if you have no family or friends to whom you can count on as an out-of-state contact as this post is mostly geared towards.  Flexibility should be part of the planning stage to give multiple ways to being Prepared when encountering all types of Disasters and Emergencies.

The main purpose of having an out-of-state contact is so that when there is a large incident that may occur in your area, you can contact your out-of-state person to let them you are okay.  This contact can serve as the point-of-contact for all of your designated family members or friends or for those to whom you have given their contact info to.

COMMUNICATIONS

Ways you can contact them is by phone [the phones may be down at the time of the event], email or by Social Media [if they are not overloaded by affected users] or through other friends and loved ones that can reach out to your  out-of-state-contact for you.

INFO NEEDED

This information as to the name of your Contact, their address, phone number, email address and other pertinent information should be kept with your “Go Kit” and in an agreed upon location where Family members can easily access.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Practice several times a year with your Contact so you both know what to expect during a Disaster or an unplanned Emergency.  You could apply this during a wildland fire event, earthquake, tornado, serious flooding event, evacuation or any other type of incident.

BE PRO-ACTIVE, NOT REACTIVE

Creating an out-of-state contact now and being pro-active for that “disaster” event is the best advice we can give you.  Waiting at the last-minute could easily cause confusion, undue stress and panic if you have no idea who you should be contacting, especially if they don’t know you are trying to reach them during the “unplanned emergency”.

Phone lines may be down causing you to be unable to reach family members.  This may be the case even if you already have an established contact but at least, everyone has one person to go to, instead of each person asking if they have heard from so-so with unnecessary worry.  Contact through email or posting to Social Media may be down due to cell sites or internet hosts could have damaged equipment, but if they aren’t – you can notify your contact person in this manner.

Practice ways as if the communication has been lost and let your out-of-state contact the expectations in some of the many ways you may be in touch with them.  It is a great way to see what works and what doesn’t.

We know that putting this Tip into action may be more difficult now, as all communications are working properly than if in an actual disaster event when they may not be.

ALTERNATIVE TOOLS

So, you don’t have a friend or loved one outside of your home state and need an alternative tool to use.  The American Red Cross has a website and mobile app called “Safe and Well”. This is a site that allows you and your family members to log in to say you are Safe and Well.  Friends and loved ones can also “search” on the Red Cross website for you and your family members finding you are safe.

To find out more information about this site, go to the American Red Cross website:  https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

Washington State Taking Brunt of January Winter Storms

Washington State | It’s been quite obvious Washington State has taken the brunt of what Mother Nature has sent our way and, not in a good way.  Flooding and landslides what seem to appear everywhere we turn from literally being out in the cold wind and mud to having every news outlet covering the story right here locally.

With all those news stories being covered, there is so much information out over the internet, airwaves and being reported live on TV, Youtube or ont he radio.  We are hoping this helps put all of that information in one centralized location helping you become more informed.

We’ll also try to update as the information is received throughout the day/evening.

Waves can be highly dangerous flooding, eroding beaches. [Credit: LR Swenson]

Waves can be highly dangerous flooding, eroding beaches. [Credit: LR Swenson]

## ALERTS ! ##

  • Emergency Alert System [City of Snoqualmie] :  https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721835#/login.  [Broadcasts:  Disaster Recovery Instructions, Boil Water notifications, Evacuations, Emergency shelter, Requests for Community Assistance, Major Road Closures, HAZMAT spills.]
  • City of Snoqualmie. Door-to-door evacuation alerts to residents whom live on 22nd-28th St/Queets Ave and 24hour notice to stay away from Beacon Hill. Evacuation periods are from 1600-1900 PST. [ check out @KBKW on Twitter]
  • Aberdeen Dike. False reports of the Dike being compromised is in circulation. The Aberdeen Police Departments report the Dike is fine and not showing any signs of problems. [via Grays Harbor EM]

 

##  CLOSURES ##

Highways, State Routes Closures

  • SR 203 – Both directions between Carnation & Fall City due to flooding via Snoqualmie River. [via WSDOT 1630PST]
  • SR 109 – @ Moclips on US 101. Closed overnight due to damaged roadway and flooding. [via WSDOT 1615PST] Comments:  Damage found at MP 53.5.
  • US 101 – 5 slide areas at MP 73, 75, 78,79 and 91. [via WSDOT 1415PST]
  • US 12 – Aberdeen City Mayor & WSDOT working to get at least 1 lane open in both directions in the next 24 hours.
A calm river in Hoquiam in 2012. [Credit: LR Swenson]

A calm river in Hoquiam in 2012. [Credit: LR Swenson]

Grays Harbor County Road Closures

  • The Aberdeen Bluff on SR12. Landslide.
  • US 101 at MP 73.
  • US 101 S of Ocean Beach Rd.
  • SR 109. Moclips at the river.
  • Moclips Hwy. MP 9.
  • SR 109 Bypass.
  • E Satsop Rd. MP 5.3.
  • Wishkah Rd. MP 6.
  • E. Aberdeen Streets.
  • Beacon Hill. Hoquaim.
  • 2500 Blk/Queets Rd. Hoquiam.
  • John Rivers Rd. MP 2.

Snoqualmie Road Closures

  • Mountain Avenue SE
  • SE Walnut Street
  • SE Spruce Street
  • Meadowbrook Way SE from SE
  • Park Street to
  • Meadowbrook Bridge
  • SE Park Street from
  • Meadowbrook Way SE to
  • Centennial Fields

Snoqualmie Falls 

  • Boardwalk Temporarily shut down due to Public Safety risk.

 

A Sneaker Wave comes up on the beach unexpectedly & quickly in Ocean Shores, Washington. Taken in October 2014. [Credit: LR Swenson]

## EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ##

Emergency Operations Center / Office of Emergency Management

  • Grays Harbor County – Staffed in Montesano working to assist all jurisdictions in the Cities of Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, McCleary, Montesano, Oakville, Ocean Shores, Westport, the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, the Quinault Indian Nation, all 15 Fire Districts and every Grays Harbor County Department.
  • City of Snoqualmie – Phone [425] 888-5911. Email: EOC@ci.snoqualmie.wa.us. Twitter: @snoqualmiegov. Facebook: City of Snoqualmie. Emergency Alerts: AM1650 serving the Snoqualmie and North Bend communities.
  • King County EOC – Renton.  Main Phone: 206-296-3830.  Toll Free:  800-523-5044.

 

## FLOOD WARNINGS ##

Rivers

  • Tolt River:  Provisional Phase 3 . [Moderate flooding]
  • Cedar River:  Provisional Phase 1  [Minor flooding]
  • Green River:  Provisional Phase 1 [Minor flooding.]
  • White River:  Provisional Phase 1 [Minor flooding.]

## SAFETY TIPS ##

Flooding

  • Stay Away from Riverbanks
  • Don’t walk through floodwaters
  • Keep pets on a Leash
  • Don’t drive through flooded roadways or move barricades
  • Avoid driving or walking in neighborhoods where floods have occurred
  • “Don’t Drown, Turnaround.”

## SHELTERS ##

Grays Harbor

  • Red Cross Shelter.  Immanuel Baptist Church. 1200 Soule Ave, Hoquiam, WA 98550.  See important information:   http://kbkw.com/local-news/329775?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kbkwnewsroom+%28Local+News%29 [via KBKW]

## UTILITIES ##

Gas & Power

  • Report an Outage. PSE Service Alerts.  888-225-5773.

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