National Weather Service issues flood watch as rain lingers in forecast

October 30, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30, 2012

National Weather Service meteorologists issued a flood watch for Issaquah and Western Washington on Tuesday, as rain pelts the region and lingers in the immediate forecast.

The flood watch is in effect for Western Washington through early Thursday. Under a flood watch, favorable conditions for flooding exist, but flooding is not imminent or occurring.

Forecasters said minor urban and small stream flooding is possible in the next 24 hours, due to a combination of steady rain and leaf-clogged storm drains.

Residents could see ponding at road intersections, in underpasses and along low-lying streets. Motorists should use caution as the rain continues.

In Issaquah, city officials urged residents to clear debris, such as fallen leaves and tree branches, from storm drains near homes in order to reduce the street-flooding risk. Call the municipal Public Works Operations Department at 837-3470 to address larger storm water issues.

Meteorologists said residents should monitor forecasts and prepare to act quickly if flooding is observed or if a flood warning is issued.

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