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National Guard called to help North Bend residents trapped by snow

Buried under two feet of snow, North Bend has requested extra resources to rescue trapped residents.

NORTH BEND, Wash. — What is too much snow? Just ask the residents of North Bend where the city has requested the National Guard help people dig out.

The National Guard said Wednesday afternoon that guardsmen were stationed with the Eastside Fire Department to “begin assisting with response calls as needed.”

About a dozen National Guard members are spread across four missions that are split between fire stations in Carnation and May Valley.

Members have already helped with at least one call – helping extract a man stuck in his home down a long, snowed-in driveway, according to King County Sheriff.

North Bend declared a state of emergency because of severe weather. The city said it received between 15 to 24 inches of snow Monday night.

Seven plows and four backhoes are working around the clock to remove snow and dig out residents according to Mark Rigos, the acting city administrator. 

Rigos said Wednesday morning that 100 homes are still trapped under several feet of heavy snow.

Some people are using skis and snowmobiles to get around the city. 

Drivers were stranded when Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass closed Monday afternoon following a snowstorm that led to accumulations heavy following the closure of Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass

King County Emergency Management has activated a hotline at (206) 296-3830 for people who need help getting to medical appointments or need fuel, food, shelter, or evacuation help.