EMERGENCY FLOOD ROUTE PERMIT GUIDELINES
“Alternate Emergency Route” is defined as a road that is not an established County Road which has been designated by the Wahkiakum County Public Works Department as an emergency access route for use by county residents at such times when public roads are impassable due to floods, earthquakes, landslides or other natural disasters. These are primitive roads on private timber land. Access to this route will be by permit only. Permits will be issued to families residing in the areas of Grays River that would require access to this route for the specific purpose of allowing access to essential goods and services such as food, medicine, and medical care.
During a flooding event there will be two different phases which will have the gates to this emergency route open allowing access as follows:
Phase I will allow emergency vehicles only; this means fire trucks, ambulance, law enforcement vehicles. No private vehicles will be allowed access at this time.
Phase II will allow access to those residents who live within the areas that this emergency route will allow them to leave and return to their homes during sustained flooding events. If access to the normal routes is just a matter of waiting until the tide goes out then the gates will not be open.
Driving on this Emergency Route without a permit or during in appropriate times is a ticket able offense with a serious fine.
It is highly recommended that you do not attempt to drive this Emergency Route without a 4 x 4 vehicle. The route is sign posted and must be driven with extreme caution. The route will be driven by Public Works or the Sheriff’s Office prior to the gates being opened to make sure they are passable, but the road condition could change at any moment. If you are driving the route and come across any problems please advise the Sheriff’s Office.
Emergency Route permits are available through the Sheriff's Office, located in the Court House, . To receive an Emergency Route Permit you will be required to sign a “Hold Harmless Agreement”, meaning if you should have an accident of any sort while using this route you cannot hold the county or the land owners responsible. If you have any questions please call (360) 795-3242