Forecasters issue flood warning as Issaquah Creek rises

December 12, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 12, 2010

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle issued a flood warning for Issaquah and other King County communities as heavy rain continued to saturate the region for a second day.

Forecasters issued the warning as Issaquah Creek neared flood stage and residents reported street flooding in Montreux and other Issaquah neighborhoods.

The flood warning is in effect until 9 p.m. Sunday. The warning means flooding is imminent or has been reported.

Western Washington lowlands had received 1 to 3 inches of rain by 9 a.m. Sunday. Forecasters expect another 0.5 to 1.5 inches to fall throughout the region.

Issaquah emergency planners reminded residents to keep storm drains near homes clear of fallen leaves and other debris. Call the city Public Works Operations Department at 837-3470 to address larger storm water issues.

If creeks in the city reach a flood phase, emergency planners post information to the city website, emergency information line, the city radio station at 1700-AM and on Channel 21, the municipal access channel. Call the emergency information line at 837-3028.

Runoff from the heavy rainfall could also trigger landslides and debris flows. The saturated soil means reduced stability and a greater chance of landslides.

Seattle Public Utilities offers tips for residents to protect people and property from landslides:

  • Inspect sloping areas for indications of slope movement — such as cracks in the ground and newly tilting trees — and erosion.
  • Check downspouts to make sure the spouts function properly and route to a safe location.
  • Be sure that the irrigation system is shut off.
  • Keep fill and yard waste off slopes.

Issaquah and King County Road Services Division planners also urged motorists to use caution on rain-slicked roads.

Motorists should not drive around road closure signs of through deep standing water. Driving through floodwaters can cause  vehicles to stall or cause the driver to lose control. The act is the leading cause of flood-related deaths in Washington.

Residents can report problems on county-maintained roads to the Road Services Division’s 24-hour help line: 206-296-8100 or 1-800 KC ROADS. Or sign up for King County Road Alerts.

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