Emergency proclamation issued in King County following snow storm

Jeanné Clark, Dongho Chang//SDOT

An emergency proclamation has been issued in King County following days of freezing cold weather and snow.

County executive Dow Constantine issued the emergency on Tuesday, after a snow storm swept through Western Washington. Local agencies have been working around the clock to clear wreckages and plow roads as the temperatures continue to plummet and pose traffic risks.

Constantine’s declaration grants him emergency powers to direct county personnel, services and equipment to where he wants.

Fees for yard waste disposal have been temporarily waived, to prompt homeowners to clean up their property. King County’s solid waste facilities will also have their hours changed, though Constantine’s declaration did not elaborate what those hours would be.

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