Historical information regarding the June 10, 1999 explosion
at Whatcom Creek
and Restoration Information is now available on the City of
Bellingham website, under Whatcom Creek.
The following information is maintained here for historical
Incident Fact sheets from the Joint
Information Center (JIC), at Whatcom County Division of Emergency
Management Office. Fact sheets were issued almost daily from
the Joint Information Center during the three weeks following
the incident. The JIC was open from June 10 through July 2, 1999
coordinating the emergency response involving numerous agencies.
Archived stories and editorials , from the Bellingham Herald
Map of Whatcom Creek showing the area
Gallery of photos chronicling the events of the incident:
Photos Page 1 - The explosion,
and areas of Whatcom Falls Park burned; (small versions of photos
for quick viewing, with links to full-size)
Photos Page 2 - Additional photos
of areas of the park affected, Governor Locke's visit, & beginnings
of repair work (small versions of photos for quick viewing, with
links to full-size)
Photos Page 3 - Installation of
temporary water pump station at blast site, and clean-up work
on creek (small versions of photos for quick viewing, with links
Photos Page 4 - Photos taken June
27 & 29, 1999 showing work on excavation of water line and
discovery of rupture in pipeline.
Photos of the creek, one year later,
June 10, 2000.
Links to Additional Information:
Olympic Pipeline website;
Olympic Pipeline Fact Sheet , background
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, at Western Washington University,
Whatcom Creek," details about an event held Sept. 18, 1999,
at the Bellingham Public Library.
Trauma Relief Information
Whatcom County Chapter
Whatcom County Division of Emergency Management