Meteorologists issue flood watch for Wednesday through Friday

March 29, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11:30 a.m. March 29, 2011

Meteorologists issued a flood watch for East King County and much of Western Washington from Wednesday afternoon through Friday, as a strong storm system rolls in from the Pacific Ocean.

Under a flood watch, favorable conditions for flooding exist, but flooding is not imminent or occurring. National Weather Service meteorologists said resident should monitor forecasts and prepare to act quickly if a flood warning is issued.

Forecasters expect the strong Pacific storm to bring heavy rain to the region in the coming days. The increased rainfall could cause increased flows in Issaquah Creek and other waterways.

Meteorologists said a storm band is expected to stall over the area for 24 to 48 hours and dump heavy rain. In the meantime, the freezing level is expected to rise to 7,000 to 9,000 during the same period.

Residents can receive real-time Issaquah Creek flood data from a flood gauge near Hobart. Planners use the gauge to determine flood phases in Issaquah.

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.

Homeowners should keep storm drains near residences clear of fallen leaves and other debris. Call the city Public Works Operations Department at 837-3470 to address larger storm water issues.

King County Road Services Division planners advised motorists to be alert for road-related problems. Motorists can track road conditions on routes in rural and unincorporated areas during inclement conditions.

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