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Marina Office Open Every Saturday through April 13th

The new office at the Marina will be open every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from now until April 13th. Please call Andrea, the Member Services & Marina Coordinator, at the Administration office at (360) 734-6430 extension 200 or email her at to schedule your marina storage renewal appointment. As a reminder, renewals are conducted by appointment-only starting this year and no walk-in renewals will be accepted. You can find the updated Moorage Agreement HERE.

Dockmasters Rob and Bob will also be on-site and available to address any questions or concerns you may have regarding your slip, as well as to distribute 2019 decals and ensuring they are properly affixed to your boat and trailer.

No new wet slips will be assigned until after the renewal process is completed on April 15th. More Saturday office hours will be scheduled throughout the summer for Marina-goers’ convenience; an announcement will be made in the coming months.

2019 Fire Wise Information

The 2019 Community Fire Wise program is on the Sudden Valley calendar! We have seen the value in our Fire Wise programs in the past and are again offering the program to our entire community this year in all gates. Residents are encouraged to participate, to work together with your neighbors, and to offer help to our seniors.

This year we have dedicated the full month of March to preparing branches so that community groups can pitch in together to mitigate wildfire risk over a longer time frame. Gather up all the woody fuels from around your neighborhoods and set them curbside for free chipping by the Association staff. This simple act will reduce fuels in your neighborhood and mitigate wildfire risk to our entire community. We encourage neighborhood participation!

Stack piles of trimmed branches and woody fuels perpendicular to the street, in a neat pile, no more than 5 feet high by 10 feet wide, with largest diameter ends toward the road. Do not randomly toss branches or make tangled stacks; it creates more work for the chipping crew and slows the process. Larger piles may not be picked up.

Once your materials are set in place, chipping service requests can be submitted using one of three methods:

  1. Preferred Method – send an email to “” requesting branch pickup / chipping / chip delivery. The email must include the property owner’s name, email address, property address, and a contact phone number.
  2. In person at the Administration Office – fill out a written request which includes the property owner’s name, email address, property address, and a contact phone number. Download the form HERE.
  3. Call the Administration Office at (360) 734-6430. Your request will be placed on a list. Please do not call the maintenance shop.

Please note that we will only be able to provide this service to those who have submitted requests prior to March 30th. The requests will be used to plan and schedule the SVCA Maintenance staff’s curbside chipping starting Monday, April 1st so that we can be completed by Friday, April 26th. Maintenance will start work at Gate 13 and finish in Gate 5 over these four weeks. A map is available HERE showing the approximate pick-up schedule.

Service Criteria:

  • Branch diameter: Tree limbs from 1/2 inch up to seven (7) inches in diameter.
  • Branch length: Minimum of 2-foot-long. Maximum: Unlimited (the longer the better).
  • Branch pile size per owner lot: 10-foot-long by 10-foot-wide by 5-feet-high.
  • Branch pile must be located next to the firm surface of the road, so the maintenance staff has ready access. We will not be able to work across ditches or access private property.
  • Service requests must be received by 4:00 p.m., March 29, 2019.

What we cannot chip:

  • Yard waste, ferns leaves, brush, bramble berry vines, etc.
  • Manufactured lumber (2 x 4s, etc.)

Free Wood Chip Delivery:

  • By popular request SVCA staff will deliver one 5-yard truck load on a first-requested basis, while supplies last. This delivery service is included on the Fire Wise service request form.

We will keep information flowing using email blasts (if you haven’t signed up, please do so on the SVCA homepage), social media announcements, and Sudden Valley Community Association website. We need word-of-mouth, grassroots discussions to spread across our beautiful valley to make it healthier, more beautiful, and safer for each resident!

Sudden Valley Community Association and Fire Wise are committed to partnering in safety. This is clearly evident in the SVCA response to to Fire Wise requests for help in the past. Spring is coming, so roll up your sleeves and let’s work together!


Due to hazardous road conditions, SSC will be suspending residential trash pickup today, March 8, 2019.  Very few roads were passable for their trucks.

Please hold your garbage over and twice the usual amount will be picked up the following Friday, March 15.  This applies even if you are on weekly, every other week or monthly service.

In addition, SSC has made arrangements with SVCA’s  Maintenance department so that Area Z will be open for SSC customers to deposit their own residential garbage in containers provided, between the hours of 7:00am and 6:00pm, seven days per week until garbage service resumes on March 15, 2019. Note:  This service is available for SSC residential customers only.  No contractor loads please !!

Please contact with any questions or concerns about Area Z availably.

Current Operational Period & Projected Operational Period as of 3/8 at 3pm

SITREP 006 – Current Operational Period and Projected Operational Period – as of March 8th at 3 PM


a. Sudden Valley Maintenance crews have been deployed since 4:30 AM, sanding and deicing main roads. Anticipated standing down by 04:00 PM, plows to return to staging, crews released for rest/rehab.

b. Sudden Valley roads are improving due to warmer temperatures and light rain.

c. Current NWS weather forecast:

This Afternoon
A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. West northwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Wind chill values between 24 and 34 early. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 27. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 6 mph after midnight

Response – UPDATE Current Operational Period

a. Response assets: deployed

b. Maximum removal of slush and deicing to be given to side roads at Gate 5 off Louise View Dr & Tumbling Water till the end of the operational period – Safety advisory for driving in this area; patches of ice will be exposed and will cause that area to be slick, drivers are recommend to transit these areas with caution.

c. Anticipated current response efforts to stand down by 04:00 PM

Response – Projected Next Operational Period

a. Response will be based on road report provided by Security at 06:00 AM on March 9, 2019


a. Fuel 60%

b. Sand 180 tons

c. Salt 2 tons

d. Liquid deicer 1800 gallons

Amplifying Information

a. Bellingham School District buses; Scheduled no school day; no notification

b. Road updates to be posted on the Sudden Valley website, 1610 a.m. BeCon Emergency Information System, or contacting Pacific Security Dispatch at 360.319.8200

This report to be updated by March 9th by 8 AM or as needed

Sudden Valley Operations – Next Operational Period – March 8th, 2019 Actions 3:30pm


a. Sudden Valley Maintenance crews will cease operations at 4 PM March 7th, 2019

b. Sudden Valley roads have been sanded. Weather conditions have improved roads are starting to dry with warmer temperatures, roads are mostly bare and wet.

c. NWS forecast: Tonight a chance of rain and snow showers before 10pm, then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. East wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday a slight chance of snow showers before 10am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Response – UPDATE Current Operational Period

a. Response assets: to be stood down by 4:00 PM and returned to staging.

b. Evaluation for next operational period; 03:00 AM to determine future plans for potential response for potential for icy conditions

Amplifying Information

a. Bellingham School District buses; scheduled no school day March 8th, 2019

b. Road updates to be posted on the Sudden Valley website, 16 10 a.m. BeCon Emergency Information System, or contacting Pacific Security Dispatch at 360.319.8200

This report to be updated by 03/8/19 by 6:00 AM or as needed

This our current status for further information please contact norm@suddenvalley.