November 23, 2009
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 23, 2009
City emergency planners will soon have a new tool to monitor rising flood waters: a new Issaquah Creek flood gauge.
Though workers will install the gauge early next year, the device will not be calibrated and ready until the next flood season. City Public Works Operations Director Bret Heath said the city would be able to collect data from the gauging station in the meantime.
Heath, who also serves as the city’s emergency management director, said the existing flood gauge arrangement has “a bit of a blind spot.” Heath said the new gauge should fill the gap.
November 3, 2009
Floodwaters caused about $1 million worth of damage and left behind piles of debris and muck when Issaquah and Tibbetts creeks overflowed in January, but the disaster also readied emergency planners for the next flood.
The next time flood waters rise, volunteers will fan out across flood-prone neighborhoods and city officials will unleash a deluge of information about water levels, road closures and recovery efforts. Many of the procedures were tested during what officials characterized as a successful response to the major flood in mid-January.
But the next flood could occur as early as the next several weeks, and officials said work remains to be done to prepare Issaquah for another natural disaster. On Oct. 27, City Council members received a briefing about the response to the January flood and preparation efforts for the upcoming flood season.
City Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Campbell said readings from a pair of flood gauges did not correlate with the damage caused by floodwaters. A U.S. Geological Survey gauge downstream on Issaquah Creek appeared inaccurate, Campbell said. The gauge indicated about 2,500 cubic feet per second, Campbell said, but flood damage was similar to the 3,500 cubic feet per second estimate from the last major flood to hit Issaquah, in 1996. Read more
June 2, 2009
City officials want to improve traffic flow, city parks and salmon habitat in 2010. The wide-ranging list of 2010 goals directs city staffers to take steps to establish a human services campus, plan Cybil-Madeline Park and complete the first phase of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing. Read more
June 2, 2009
A city program to cut water pollution has prevented industrial chemicals, fryer grease and even the material dentists use to fill cavities from contaminating ground water. Read more
February 25, 2009
NEW — 1:32 p.m. Feb. 25, 2008
A temporary disaster-relief center at City Hall will close Saturday, as federal agencies wind down their response to the January flooding of Issaquah and Tibbetts creeks. The office, a Disaster Recovery Center, is one of several the agencies opened in Washington cities that were hammered by severe winter weather last month.
February 17, 2009
When Issaquah Creek overflowed its banks six weeks ago, rising waters left the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery with at least $20,000 damage. Water damaged the hatchery foreman’s house and an office used by hatchery volunteers. Four inches of mud coated the hatchery parking lot.
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
January 12, 2009
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.
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.