Beware of flooding, collapsing roofs from snow melting

December 26, 2008

NEW — 4:23 p.m. Dec. 26, 2008

A flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service until noon Sunday. And mostly rain is in the forecast for the next several days.

The city’s Public Works Operations team has been working to keep storm drains clear for rain and melting snow. Residents can also help by keeping storm drains near their homes clear of debris, snow and ice. Also, when driving, watch for any puddles of water or areas of ice.

Residents also need to be aware of the potential for some roofs (especially flat ones) to become overloaded with heavy snow, rain and thick ice in the next couple of days. If needed, consult with a professional roofing or snow removal contractor.

Watch for these warning signs of overloading:

Severe roof leaks, indicating torn roof membranes.

Ripples or bends in metal supports.

Loud popping noises emanating from the building structure.

Water ponds in areas where it never accumulated before.

Obvious deformities in the roof.

Fire destroys Tiger Mountain home

December 24, 2008

UPDATED — 12:47 p.m. Dec. 24, 2008

A house off Southeast Tiger Mountain Road south of Issaquah was destroyed in a Dec. 23 fire. Shortly after 7:30 p.m., several neighbors called 911 to report a fire in the 14500 block of 254th Avenue Southeast.

Earlier in the day, a neighbor had taken the owners of the house to SeaTac airport, where they flew to Salt Lake City to visit their son for Christmas, said Josie Williams, Eastside Fire & Rescue spokeswoman.

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Send us your snow, holiday photos

December 24, 2008

We’d like to show off your snow and holiday photos on our Web site and possibly in the paper. E-mail them to editor@isspress.com. Include a sentence or two describing what’s in the photo and the name of the person who took it. Happy holidays!

Snowy weather / Dec. 24, 2009

December 24, 2008

Snow Much Fun!

December 22, 2008

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Alec Boehlke, 9, starts down the neighborhood sledding hill with excited anticipation Dec. 18 near Southeast 141st Court in the Four Creeks neighborhood, early in the week’s series of snow storms. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Weekend snowstorm leaves city deep in it

December 22, 2008

A sanding snowplow on Dec. 18 winds its way up Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest.By Greg FarrarA A sanding snowplow on Dec. 18 winds its way up Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest. By Greg Farrar

The first day of winter arrived over the weekend, and it came with a vengeance.

New snowfall blanketed the region, piling up several more inches atop an icy coating that already had wreaked havoc on the roads and prompted a run on stores for emergency supplies and last-minute holiday gifts. But a high wind warning for Dec. 20 and 21 proved unfounded, and with the reduced risk of falling trees came a reduced likelihood of power outages.

Unlike the devastating 2006 storm that knocked out power for days, this one was predicted well in advance. By Dec. 18, city maintenance crews, police and Eastside Fire & Rescue units all had prepared for a big blow. Read more

Issaquah family loses everything in house fire

December 22, 2008

Firefighters battled a house fire at 4721 192nd Place S.E. for hours Dec. 21, but were unable to save it.

The owners of the home, a man and his pregnant wife, and their 1-year-old son, were not home. They were at a relative’s house having dinner. The family’s dog was outside the home, but was unharmed. Read more

Traffic tickets go high tech

December 22, 2008

City implements new program to expedite traffic services

E-tickets? It’s not what you think.

Issaquah police officers won’t be e-mailing you a ticket in the near future, but they will be able to fill out a citation for your traffic violation or accident paperwork a lot quicker with the state Department of Transportation’s program, Statewide Electronic Collision and Ticket Online Records, or SECTOR. Read more

Food bank still needs donations

December 22, 2008

With the economy in free fall and unemployment soaring, food bank donations are needed more than ever this holiday season, according to the director of the Issaquah Food Bank.

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The calm before the storm

December 22, 2008

 

christmas-lights-20081216The festive holiday lights at the home of Steuart and Pam Bell in the 3700 block of 246th Avenue Southeast stand out in the Klahanie neighborhood. ‘He really outdoes himself every year,’ Pam Bell said. Additions this year included the fence of rainbow lights, the blue pool of ‘water’ for the deer and a teddy bear on another corner of the home. By Greg Farrar

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