Neighboring community escapes with far less damage from the wind

By Teresa Herriman For The Courier-Herald

Bonney Lake weathered Thursday's wind storm better than its neighbors. According to Fire Chief Dan Packer, there were only a half dozen damaged structures in the East Pierce Fire & Rescue district, three of those in Bonney Lake proper. "There were no reported injuries or significant incidents," he said. Except for a few moments in some areas, the city didn't even lose power. "We feel pretty lucky," Packer said.

Although the offer was made, East Pierce did not receive a request for assistance from Buckley or Enumclaw. According to Packer, the district was in contact with Buckley throughout the day and responded to a few incidents. East Pierce covers the area from Auburn to Orting and east to 234th Street.

Some local residents were unable to get through on the 911 emergency telephone number for a short period of time Thursday, however no serious problems were reported. "Most people were reporting downed power lines," Packer said. He said whenever there is an substantial event, such as the wind storm, that lasts more than a few hours, East Pierce Fire & Rescue staffs all the stations in the district, even the ones that typically are operated by a volunteer crew. That way, if residents have an emergency and cannot get through on the phone, they can go directly to a fire station for assistance.

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