Gov. Inslee's declaration means state agencies can provide any and all possible assistance, logistical and financial, to help the counties repair roads and other infrastructure damaged by flooding, snow, ice and the harsh winter.

According to the Tri-City Herald and county sources, at least $10 million dollars in damages has been done to roads and other areas in Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Asotin and other counties.

The unusually long snow pack, along with extensive freezing has combined with a lot of rain and thawing to literally eat away huge chunks of county roads, even damaging bridges.

No word yet on how long it will take to begin to utilize the state assistance.


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