Landslides, flooding persist across Puget Sound region
Rain has had parts of Issaquah, May Valley, and more dealing with flooding and landslides for the better part of Thursday. The wet conditions are projected to continue into Friday morning. The National Weather Service reminds drivers to obey road closure signs and barricades at all times and to never drive into flood waters.
In a tweet from Thurston County Sheriff on Thursday morning, it was reported that Tacoma Power will be increasing the water flow from the LaGrande Dam, urging residents in the area to evacuate by 4 p.m.
Level 3 evacuation advisement notices are being handed out to residents. For those in the evacuation area, American Red Cross is opening an evacuation shelter at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Gwinwood Camp and Christian Conference Center in Lacey. Red Cross will assess the need for additional shelters in the coming days.
Issaquah-Hobart/May Valley Road has been hit especially hard, with rock and soil “spilling from the hillside.”
“The water has nowhere else to go,” said King County Road Services.
Flooding of the Issaquah Creek has also had cars in Issaquah almost fully submerged in water, with a handful of roads closing as a result. You can see a full list of closures here, and severe weather alerts here.
The National Weather Service notes “there IS relief in sight” for this recent run of rainy weather, but that it won’t come until later in the weekend.
Rain is currently in the forecast through Saturday, with strong winds “increasing Friday into Saturday night” along the coast and the Strait. Tree damage and power outages are possible this weekend.
Flooding and winter weather conditions led to an emergency proclamation issued by Gov. Jay Inslee for 19 Washington counties Wednesday. The list of counties includes: Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and Whatcom.
Inslee cited damage to roadways resulting in road closures that have limited access to and complicated the response and recovery efforts of emergency responders, businesses, and utilities.