Aid still available for those with wind damage

Strong winds and rain Dec. 2 through 5 knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes in the central Puget Sound area. In the process, some homes and businesses suffered significant damage and disruption, particularly in King and Pierce counties.

Since the windstorm, emergency management offices in Pierce and King have fielded hundreds of calls reporting damage, but most callers were covered by insurance. An assessment conducted Dec. 20 and 21 by the King County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Pierce County Emergency Management, Washington State Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency did not yield enough damaged structures to qualify for federal disaster relief.

Windstorm victims who did not have insurance and are unable to obtain a loan to repair damages still have community resources that may be able to help:

€ The Pierce County Department of Community Services Housing program, 253-798-7038, may be able to provide repair services to address emergency health and safety issues in the home. Information is also available on the Internet at Go to community services in the county directory and then choose housing programs.

€ The King County Housing Repair program, 206-296-7640 or 800-325-6165, ext. 7640, may be able to provide 0 percent interest loans and grants for housing repairs for low- and moderate-income homeowners living in the county outside Seattle. Information is also available on the Internet at Call for qualifications.

€ The Washington Faith-Based Disaster Recovery Network, 877-255-1155, may be able to provide services on a case-by-case basis.

City of Enumclaw

In light of roof damage caused by the Dec. 4 windstorm, the City of Enumclaw has waived the fee for re-roof permit applications. All roof repair work greater than 10 square feet in area requires a re-roof permit. The fee waiver will be in effect until Jan. 30.  Applications can be obtained from the Department of Community Development, 1309 Myrtle Ave. 

The city of Enumclaw requires strip asphalt shingles be fastened with a minimum of six fasteners per shingle and are to be hand sealed as per Uniform Building Code appendix Chapter 23 - 1997 edition. The re-roof permit includes an inspection of the repair or new roof to ensure all installation provisions has been met. Additionally, the city of Enumclaw is within a 90 mile per hour wind zone with exposure 'C."

The city of Enumclaw is also accepting re-roof permit applications for roof repairs resulting from the windstorm that have already been conducted. For information regarding a re-roof permit, inspections, and/or the roof installation requirements, please contact the Building Division of the Department of Community Development at 360-825-3593.

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