On this day in history: Snow collapses roofs at Port of Edmonds Marina

Storm damage, Port of Edmonds Marina, December 1996 (Photo courtesy Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society)

According to HistoryLink.org, on Dec. 29, 1996, the weight of heavy snow collapses roofs at the Port of Edmonds Marina, sinking more than 200 boats and damaging hundreds of others. The snow, which blankets  the Pacific Northwest between Christmas 1996 and New Year’s Day, also damages marinas at Oak Harbor, Kingston, Port Orchard, and the Port of Everett, but the Edmonds marina is the hardest hit.

The event makes national news for several days, HistoryLink notes. Edmonds city officials quickly exempt the Port from the usual permit process in order to hasten marina rebuilding, which becomes a cooperative effort between local, state, and federal agencies.

  1. Good piece and I remember this day vividly. Fast forward to today and what has happened back east. Makes one realize how important nature is to us in the grand scheme of things.

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