Emergency management means issues beyond flooding


November 22, 2023

Ecology blocks with sandbags on top in front of Moore-Clark building.

Nancy Crowell

Ecology blocks line the perimeter of the old Moore-Clark building at the south end of town.

La Conner's new flood barriers are staged and in place up and down the waterfront.

But the work of the Town's six-member Emergency Management Commission has only just begun.

The Nov. 11 power outage here that impacted residents, businesses and those attending the annual Art's Alive celebration underscored in real time that the mission of the local advisory board is to focus on all forms of emergencies.

"The commission met an immediate need by addressing flood mitigation," said Rick Dole, town council liaison. "Now it's moving on to power outages, earthquakes and the like."

Commissioner Jerry G...

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