In November 2021, many of the communities we serve and live in were devastated by historic floods. While it’s hard to know the full extent of the damage, we know our hearts were broken for our friends, families, colleagues, neighbors, and community as a whole. Our spirits were buoyed by the efforts of so many of our partners and dedicated community members as they work to respond quickly and effectively in these initial recovery stages.
We at the Opportunity Council will continue to serve the community as we have for nearly 60 years—steadfast in our belief that as a community, we can make sure everyone has the chance to thrive and contribute. We will continue our efforts to make sure everyone has a safe, secure place to call home, every child has the start in life they deserve, and every person has the resources they need to get their basic needs met.
We will continue to monitor the community response and share additional resources as they become available.
Flood Relocation Financial Assistance:
-Click HERE for more information
Up-to-date Whatcom County Wide Information:
Relief & Recovery Resources:
Residents that have been displaced by the flood may contact the National Red Cross hotline for recovery information at 1-800-733-2767. Be sure to state that you have been impacted by an officially declared flood disaster.
Whatcom County Government Helpline: 360-788-5311
Use for non-emergency assistance, such as finding out about shelter availability, food & clothing assistance. Please leave a message and County staff will return your call.
Ferndale Community Resource Center: 360-380-2200.
Ferndale Residents may call for information on help stays, debris removal, and other direct assistance.
Whatcom Humane Society
- Pet Food Bank
- Temporary 2 Week housing for displaced pets
- May be able to offer assistance with displaced pets
- Hay and other animal supplies
Current Information by Location:
City of Bellingham
City of Ferndale
City of Sumas
City of Lynden
Oak Harbor Storm Information
Information on Road Closures:
Whatcom County Road Closures
State Highway Road Closures
Additional Whatcom County Community Resource Guides:
Whatcom County Library Flood Response Resources Database
Food & Meal Resources
Toiletries & Other Hygiene Items
For additional community resources, visit the Whatcom Asset Building Coalition website.
Ways to Help:
Volunteer Your Time:
Flood Response Volunteer Interest Form
To volunteer your equipment, please connect with the Division of Emergency Management, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, by phone (360-778-7165) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Share your flood damage photos of public infrastructure: Do you have flood damage photos of public infrastructure like roads, bridges, culverts, etc.? Please share them with Whatcom County Public Works to help our community access all available resources to help with the recovery effort. Please email your photos with a description to MO@nullwhatcomcounty.us. The photos will be used to show the public areas to avoid on our electronic notifications and to share the extent of damage with elected officials, FEMA, and other disaster response agencies and support organizations.
Financial Donations: To contribute directly to Whatcom County flood relief, consider donating to the Resilience Fund through our partners at the Whatcom Community Foundation.