Rainier Overseas Movers, Inc & Employees Donates for OSO Darrington Mudslide

The worst natural disaster in Washington state in the last century has left many families feeling sad and helpless and the surrounding communities have reached out to help however they can.

The landslide has killed 26, at last count, with another 90 people missing.
The mudslide completely washed out an area of SR 530 and it’s causing local residents to have to seek alternative and often longer routes to and from their homes.

Jesse Jones, from King 5 news, has responded to desires to help by setting up a Darrington Mudslide Fund to help ease Darrington resident’s gas costs. The employees of Rainier Overseas Movers have decided to help out with money from their pockets, as well; and Rainier Overseas is matching those contributions. “Rainier Overseas sends their sympathy and good thoughts to all the victims and their families,” says Rainier employee David Wiviott. “Donating funds and creating a matching funds program is the very least we can do to help. Our hearts go out to those affected by this horrific disaster.”

Rainier Overseas Movers management matched employees donations and raised a total of $1280 to the Darrington Mudslide Fund.

If you would like to help, please send checks to:

Darrington Mudslide Fund
P.O. Box 90
Darrington, WA 98241

Recent Oil Spill Suspends Marine Traffic in the Houston Ship Channel

As reported by the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) a barge and a ship collided in the Port of Galveston on March 22, 2014, spilling 169,000 gallons of oil. According to Your Houston News no marine traffic or ferries are being allowed entry into the bay until the water is clear; which authorities say could take up to several weeks.

Besides the obvious and very serious effects a spill like this causes to wildlife and the environment, it also poses a economic threat, as any cargo entering through the Gulf of Mexico is on hold. At last report, there were at least 33 vessels waiting to enter the channel and 37 vessels waiting to leave.

A channel closing of this nature is concerning to the PHA and all shippers utilizing that channel for ocean freight, cruise ship entry, ferries, steamships and any private facilities. The Port of Houston is the 7th busiest port in the United States and is a significant economic hub for Houston and Texas, in general.

Crews have laid more than 90,000 feet of containment boom around the spill and volunteers are mobilizing to help affected wildlife. It is unknown how long the Channel will be closed or how long clean up will take.