After a bit of a lull in precipitation today and tonight (Monday, January 23, 2012), another wet period is expected over portions of the area Tuesday through Thursday, which will likely cause flooding.
With the passing of last week’s storms, western Washington now faces the daunting task of cleaning up. The heavy snow and ice storms resulted in hundreds of downed trees and broken limbs throughout the region. Rather than trying to burn that wet, green wood, Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) encourages residents to find clean, safe alternative means of disposal. Chipping, composting and curbside picking of yard waste where available are reasonable alternatives.
Mason County PUD No. 3 has closed its outage call center as it wraps up the restoration of electricity to customers. At last report, an estimated 50 customers remain without power and the Utility says it is in the home stretch of restoring electricity to those affected by this week’s snow and ice storm. Most of the customers involved are mostly scattered and isolated outage pockets.