Flood still causing struggles

January 27, 2009

* Editor’s note: This story contains corrected information.

Owners of Gilman Square shops are asking for you to help keep them from closing and aid them in their recovery.

“Speaking for all of the tenants at Gilman Square, we need to let the entire community know who we are, what we are going through and that we are open for business,” said Patty Green, owner of Sisters Antiques. “We are all cash-flow businesses and without our wonderful customers, we cannot survive.”

The six businesses are Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant, Casual Dining Counterstools and Dinettes, West Coast Armory, Sisters Antiques, Leathers Home Furnishings & Accessories and Graybeard’s Gilman Antique Gallery. All are open except Lombardi’s. Read more

Chamber organizes fund drive to help flooded businesses

January 19, 2009

Businesses at  Gilman Square are swamped with water Jan. 8 at the corner of Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Seventh Avenue Northwest. By Greg Farrar.

Businesses at Gilman Square are swamped with water Jan. 8 at the corner of Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Seventh Avenue Northwest. By Greg Farrar.

Issaquah city and chamber officials are asking for your help to aid several Gilman Square businesses severely affected by the January flooding.

“We need to coalesce around these local vendors and help them in any way we can,” said Larry Ishmael, interim president of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. “We want to make sure these businesses are able to continue, because they bring revenue into the city, tax dollars into the city and add to the vibrant economy that we have.” Read more

City praised for its lines of communication during floods

January 19, 2009

Mayor Ava Frisinger gave the city high marks for communicating with the community during the flood. The city’s use of its Web site, reader boards, radio and cable access television station provided in many cases up-to-the minute information about Issaquah Creek, she said.

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Flood waters recede, now cleanup time

January 12, 2009

Sisters Jennifer Davies, Julianne Long and Mindy Heintz (from left) retrieve belongings Jan. 8 from the toppled guesthouse at the home of their parents, Jack and Karen Brooks, beside Issaquah Creek in the 23300 block of Southeast May Valley Road. By Greg Farrar

Sisters Jennifer Davies, Julianne Long and Mindy Heintz (from left) retrieve belongings Jan. 8 from the toppled guesthouse at the home of their parents, Jack and Karen Brooks, beside Issaquah Creek in the 23300 block of Southeast May Valley Road. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah and Tibbetts creeks overflowed their banks Jan. 8, leaving residents and business owners to clean up the mud and the muck, but also left some Gilman Boulevard businesses with an uncertain future.

Diane Symms, owner of Lombardi’s restaurant, said it’s unclear whether she will reopen in the Gilman Square shopping complex. Symms said she had fully intended to reopen the flood-damaged restaurant by Jan. 24, and in the past few days, had hired a crew to rip out carpeting, tear out drywall and clear the parking lot of mud and debris.

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Water closes streets, floods businesses and homes

January 8, 2009

UPDATED — 1:20 p.m. Jan. 8, 2009

Tibbetts and Issaquah creeks were cresting at 8 a.m. and water from them will be flowing through Issaquah over the next several hours. The forecast is calling for more rain.

Block your basement drains and evacuate your home if needed. Do not leave animals at home if you evacuate. The Seattle Humane Society has temporary shelter ready to provide safety and care for them. Call 641-0080.

Do not walk, wade or drive in flooded areas. Report storm water issues or request delivery of sand and bags by calling Public Works Operations at 837-3470. The city is accepting calls for sand and bags 24 hours a day during this flooding.

See a map of road closures here.

Sisters Jennifer Davies, Julianne Long and Mindy Heintz (from left) retrieve belongings Jan. 8 from the toppled guesthouse at the home of their parents, Jack and Karen Brooks, beside Issaquah Creek in the 23300 block of Southeast May Valley Road. — By Greg Farrar

Sisters Jennifer Davies, Julianne Long and Mindy Heintz (from left) retrieve belongings Jan. 8 from the toppled guesthouse at the home of their parents, Jack and Karen Brooks, beside Issaquah Creek in the 23300 block of Southeast May Valley Road. — By Greg Farrar

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