Coast Guard continues rescue operations for Pacific Northwest flooding

SEATTLE – Coast Guard units from the Thirteenth District have been deployed throughout the Pacific Northwest to continually assist in rescue operations due to major flooding throughout Puget Sound, the Washington coast and the mid to northern coast of Oregon.

Coast Guard rescue operations will be continuing throughout the night in coordination with the Washington State Emergency Operations Center and the Oregon State Joint Operations Center.

The Coast Guard is responding with two HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Astoria, in Warrenton, Ore., three HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crews from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., two HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Air Station North Bend, and a C-130 from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, Calif., have assisted in the hoist of more than 66 people to safety.

Three Coast Guard 25′ response boats and nine crews from Maritime Safety and Security Team 91101 homeported in Seatle are on standby to assist as requested. Boat assets will also be arriving from California Tuesday.

There are four major flooding areas in Washington and Oregon which include; Vernonia, Ore., Tillamook, Ore., Pe Ell, Wash., and Belfair, Wash.

Closures of bars are in affect, which include; Quillayute River, Grays Harbor, Cape Disappointment, and the Columbia and Tillamook rivers.

The Coast Guard will continue to work with state and federal partners to assist the communities affected by the floods. The Coast Guard is helping with evacuations and pollution response, and is ready to provide any requested additional assistance.

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