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Disaster Recovery Centers open in Sumas, Ferndale

Flooded parking areas near apartments on Bass Road in Ferndale (November 16, 2021). Photo: Whatcom News

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the Washington State Military Department’s Emergency Management Division, announced this week 2 new Disaster Recovery Centers have opened in Sumas and Ferndale to help survivors of the November flooding and mudslides.

Sumas AC Church, 125 Front Street

  • Mondays 9am to 8pm
  • Tuesdays 2pm to 8pm
  • Wednesdays to Saturdays 9am to 8pm
  • Sundays 2pm to 8pm

Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry Street

  • Mondays to Tuesdays 9am to 8pm
  • Wednesdays 9am to 3pm
  • Thursdays to Saturdays 9am to 8pm (Saturday, 1/29/2022 hours are 2pm to 8pm)
  • Closed Sundays

Similar centers have been set up in Everson and in Skagit and Clallam Counties.

FEMA financial assistance may include money for temporary housing, basic home repairs or other disaster-related needs such as childcare, transportation and medical, funeral or dental expenses.

It is not necessary to go to a center to apply for assistance. Residents in the designated counties can apply online at, call 800-621-3362, or use the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.

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