October 29, 2009
NEW — 3:27 p.m. Oct. 29, 2009
If the Green River swells from fall and winter rains, flooding could snarl traffic for Issaquah commuters, disrupt deliveries of food and fuel, and — a more remote possibility — cause local sewers to back up as floodwaters overwhelm the regional system.
Though the river winds through Auburn, Kent and Tukwila, the human and economic toll from flooding could reach Issaquah, emergency planners told City Council members Tuesday night. A Tukwila emergency planner offered a frank assessment of the potential impact of Green River floods.
Authorities expect the Green will flood because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will allow water to flow through the Howard Hanson Dam. The earthen abutment adjacent to the dam was weakened by severe weather last winter, and engineers worry the structure could fail if rain swelled the reservoir behind the dam. Read more
October 27, 2009
City Council members will decide Nov. 2 whether to repair city trucks and equipment damaged during winter storms last December and in January 2009. Read more
January 20, 2009
Amid talks about its 2009 budget, Eastside Fire & Rescue staff members recommended filling a new emergency coordinator position. But EFR’s commissioners chose to defer filling it, saying it isn’t necessary right now. Read more