JANUARY 6, 1997

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Avoid contact with sludge

   King County Wastewater Division is warning residents to avoid contact with possible sewage overflows in their neighborhoods. The extraordinary snowfall led to stormwater runoffs 15 times normal. The Metro sewer system is designed to prevent that runoff from backing up into homes and businesses by diverting overflows into streams and storm drains. While it is considered untreated sewage, it was extremely diluted and did not pose a significant health risk.

Emergency hydraulic permits available

   The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds homeowners that one telephone call can get them an emergency permit to work in streams and rivers to minimize threats to life and property. To obtain emergency Hydraulic Project Application approvals as required by law for such work, call (206) 775-1311. The department's 24-hour hydraulics emergency hotline number is (360) 902-2537.

Report uninsured losses

   Residents with uninsured losses to homes, businesses, or farms should contact their county emergency management agencies to report damages. In King County, the number is (206) 296-3830.

Hotline set up for insurance questions

   Residents with insurance questions and concerns are encouraged to call a consumer hotline staffed by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner: 1-800-562-6900.

Therapeutic horseback program needs volunteers

   Equifriends Therapeutic Horseback Riding and Driving Program for People with Disabilities needs volunteers ages 14 and up for winter session beginning Jan. 13. An orientation to receive hands-on training to assist riders and horses in therapeutic activities will be held from 6 -9 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9. Horse experience is helpful, but not necessary. Call Equifriends' Stable, located at WarrenWood Farms (formerly Medcalf Quarter Horses) in Snohomish at (206) 337-1137 for further information and directions.

Wildlife needs food

   Emergency funds are needed to feed deer and elk herds at risk due to severe winter conditions in the state. Call (509) 456-4073.

Vanpool riders wanted

   Riders are needed for a Vanpool leaving the Bothell/Canyon Park-ATL area at 7:30 a.m. heading for north Seattle and returning at 4:30 p.m. Call 487-7570.
   Other vanpool openings include one route leaving Bothell/North Creek-Quinton at 6 a.m. for West Seattle and returning at 2:30 p.m. Call 402-2236.