Issaquah Creek swells as residents face floodwaters in neighborhoods and on roads
December 12, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 2010
Forecasters expect heavy rainfall to continue through Sunday night.
The deluge has turned Issaquah Creek into a roiling broth the color of chocolate milk and led to flooding on roads and in Issaquah neighborhoods.
City emergency planners and residents eyed Issaquah Creek as floodwaters spilled across Newport Way Southeast and lapped at the doorstep of Gibson Hall.
Residents reported street flooding from Montreux on Cougar Mountain to the business district along Northwest Gilman Boulevard to downtown Issaquah. Drivers also reported water flowing across Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast in rural King County.
City crews fanned out across Issaquah on Sunday to unclog storm drains and clear flood debris.
The city did not activate the Emergency Operations Center for the flooding, city spokeswoman Autumn Monahan said Sunday afternoon.
The rainfall could prove to be a test for emergency responders. Forecasters predict a rain-soaked winter due to a return of La Niña conditions.
The city has completed a series of projects in recent months to prepare for possible floods. Community Emergency Response Team members also trained in October for flood response.
The city last experienced a major flood in January 2009. The natural disaster caused about $1 million in damage.