Crowd questions officials on Whatcom County flooding, response

A crowd gathered in Everson Wednesday for a community meeting about Whatcom County’s catastrophic flooding and efforts to help the region recover.

EVERSON, Wash. — A crowd gathered in Everson on Wednesday for a community meeting about Whatcom County’s catastrophic flooding and efforts to help the region recover.

“We need to pull together like the community has and look at some permanent solutions,” said Sumas Mayor Kyle Christensen.

Many people asked why FEMA has not rushed in to help.

State emergency managers said they must assess the damage and then make a compelling case to FEMA for why this disaster qualifies for federal

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