Washington Labor and Industries (L&I) launched an investigation into the City of Pullman and Pullman Fire Department response to the April 9 flood.
Frank Ameduri, L&I communications consultant for the division of occupational safety and health, said L&I received a complaint on April 19 regarding Pullman’s response to the flood. He said the complaint was found to be valid and an official investigation into the case began May 8.
Ameduri said the investigation would last no longer than six months, so final reports will be available around November at the latest.
He said the complaint revolved around possible improper rescue efforts made by the city and the fire department.
“[The investigators] go looking for anything, not just the thing that was the source of the complaint,” he said. “They look at the entire operation and see if there were any health and safety violations going on.”