Gov. Inslee issues emergency declaration for 19 counties

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has issued an emergency proclamation for 19 counties because of significant winter weather that is forecast to continue through the weekend. Inslee said in the proclamation Wednesday that the storms caused injuries, power outages, evacuations, rail line closures, and extensive damage. Road damage caused by recent snow is estimated at more than $3 million and required the Department of Transportation to start repair work immediately through the implementation of emergency procurement procedures to alleviate impacts to public safety. The proclamation affects Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum and Whatcom Counties.