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The United Way of Thurston County is mobilizing in Thurston County by activating its Emergency Assistance Fund, a community-wide effort to provide rapid financial assistance to families and individuals affected by the Nisqually River flood.

“This is a rapidly developing event,” said Sandy Eccker, manager at Thurston County Emergency Management. “We have teams assessing the impacted areas and will have more details in the coming days. Right now, we are aware of at least several dozen homes that have sustained major damage, and more that are still inaccessible. Shelter for displaced families and individuals is the highest priority, and we are working on coordinating disaster cleanup efforts and replacement of critical household items.”

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“United Way of Thurston County is prepared to respond to this emergency by working to quickly mobilize local resources to assist Thurston County residents who have been directly impacted by the flooding,” said UWTC’s Executive Director Chris Wells. “At this time, funds for emergency housing are available for displaced families and individuals impacted by this crisis.”

The Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties (CAC) is partnering with United Way and will manage the distribution of the Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Residents who have been displaced from their homes can receive emergency shelter assistance by calling the CAC at 360-438-1100 or 1-800-878-5235. CAC hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

United Way is accepting donations to the Emergency Assistance Fund. Donations can be made online at unitedway-thurston.org/eaf. All of the donations made to United Way of Thurston County's Emergency Assistance Fund will be used to provide rapid financial assistance to those impacted by the current crisis. Any remaining funds will be held to address future local emergencies.

Individual and corporate gifts can also be made in person or by mail at United Way of Thurston County, located at 3525 7th Ave SW Suite 201, Olympia, WA 98502.

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