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Whatcom Creek Incident Archives

Historical information regarding the June 10, 1999 explosion at Whatcom Creek

Ongoing Updates and Restoration Information is now available on the City of Bellingham website, under Whatcom Creek.

The following information is maintained here for historical background information. 

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 affected

 

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 to full-size)

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 information

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, at Western Washington University, "Remembering Whatcom Creek," details about an event held Sept. 18, 1999, at the Bellingham Public Library. 

Support Officer, Trauma Relief Information

Red Cross, Whatcom County Chapter

Whatcom County Division of Emergency Management