Flooding, wind, and landslides from recent storms have impacted residents and businesses across King County. Those who suffered property damage or other losses in the storm may be eligible for assistance to get their property back in order. Eligibility is determined through a damage assessment process which takes into account the total reported losses within King County.
In order to compute the losses, individuals and businesses are encouraged to submit reports to King County Emergency Management. A web page, www.kingcounty.gov/damage, is now open to receive damage reports for individuals and businesses in King County. In addition, a hotline number, 1-800-523-5044, will be available for individuals and businesses to record a damage report Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Dec. 14. Submitting a report does not guarantee reimbursement.
Damage reports are for uninsured losses. Before filing a damage report with King County, residents and business owners should contact their insurance provider about existing coverage and deductibles. They are also urged to document damage with photographs and keep records of all cleanup and repair costs.
Residents in unincorporated King County whose homes were damaged in the storms can obtain free building inspections from the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER). DPER has waived the associated fee to help residents speed up repair to their property. Priority service will be given for damaged structures requiring permits for repair work.
Inspectors will evaluate the integrity of structures, assess if a structure is safe to occupy, and whether a permit is required for repair work. Inspection staff may also advise customers of the need to pursue a more detailed inspection from a licensed structural engineer to determine the full extent of the damage. While storm damage inspections are free, standard permit fees still apply. (end)
To request a damage assessment inspection during business hours, call 206-296-6630. DPER’s customer service center operates 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The center is closed on Wednesdays. For minor repairs, permits may be issued over the counter at the DPER offices at 35030 S.E. Douglas St., Suite 210, in Snoqualmie.
Residents in the process of removing yard waste and woody debris can visit www.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste to identify local trash haulers, or companies that recycle wood.