King County crews continue flood cleanup on roads

December 14, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 14, 2010

Crews continue to clean up King County roads in the aftermath of record rainfall and flooding.

The county responds to road problems on multiple fronts: monitoring roads impacted by river flooding, responding to washouts and clogged storm drains caused by urban flooding, and cleaning up debris from mudslides.

Mudslides proved to be more problematic for drivers and road crews.

In addition to major slides throughout the county, numerous smaller slides and reports of debris on roadways across the county continue to stretch crews.

The slides could continue for several days due to rain-soaked soils, so motorists should continue to be on the lookout for road problems.

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. The county also maintains up-to-date listings of county road closures.

Meanwhile, King County closed the Flood Warning Center at 11 p.m. Monday. The center opened at 2 a.m. Sunday as rainfall pushed flows higher on the Tolt, Snoqualmie and Green rivers, and Issaquah Creek.

Flood Warning Center staffers monitored stream gages, weather forecasts and other data to help coordinate the countywide response to flooding.

Though the center has closed and the immediate threat of flooding has passed, staffers continue to monitor stream data.

The county offers a recorded flood-information hotline. The hotline is also updated each hour. Call 206-296-8200 or 1-800-945-9263.

Residents can also sign up for free King County Flood Alerts to track flooding on Issaquah Creek and other major river systems in the region. The service sends immediate notifications about pending high water to e-mail, smart phone text or voicemail.

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