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December 4th, 2007


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01:44 pm - Winter Storm
Saturday was cold enough that the blast brought beautiful snowflakes to play in. Normally, the only thing to worry about with some snow out here are the other drivers, but even they were being cautious and sane when I drove home from crafternoon.

[Crafternoon was a great time--lots of origami, princess gowns, colorful fabric, beadwork, real hot chocolate, and good friends to pass the time.]

As the weather warmed Sunday and Monday, the flooding hit several places, including near our old Seattle neighborhood -- about 25 blocks north--where Thornton Creek overflowed into basements.

The suburb just north of ours, Woodinville (where lots of wineries are located), got hit hard, too. Made us very glad we don't have a basement nor are we dealing with a sump pump like at our last house. The news is showing lots of people are dealing with flooded/wet basements right now.

The perspective for non-locals
For those who aren't local, this is worse than usual, more so than is being portrayed in the national news. It's causing much more extensive damage than the 2001 Nisqually Quake where the news media kept showing the same downed brick buildings in Pioneer Square on national news. This made Seattle appear to be completely wrecked when instead the obvious damage was pretty localized to sites on the downtown landfill that hadn't been well maintained. Things were righted pretty quickly after that; I don't think the flooding was be righted as quickly.

Worst hit:
* The major north-south corridor, I-5 closed for a few days between here and Portland as one of the Chehalis River floods. This has never happened since I've been out here; last time was in '96.
* Westlake Ave mudslide (this street is in the middle of Seattle and is a major arterial). Other mudslides, too, though not as spectacular.
* Road washed out over Golden Gardens park. Sinkholes opening up.
* Amtrack service is cut in all directions.
* Some power outages. We were cut-off for about an hour yesterday, which isn't much. In Aberdeen (Kurt Cobain's hometown) along the coast, there was a full-blown outage with the roads out cut-off from flooding.
* As mentioned, Woodinville's downtown and a number of Seattle neighborhoods are flooded.
* Lots of office parks were closed yesterday due to flooding around them and going to them.

If you want to see the pics, go to our local newspapers, the P-I and the Times.

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From:peartreealley
Date:December 4th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
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Indeed. My dad ran his sump pump all day yesterday to keep his place from flooding, the people next door did flood (they weren't home), so he spent the evening and night with them, with his sump pump, further complicated by constant power outages.

He's lived in that house for 25 years (about 20 of which I was also there). I don't remember such a thing happening there before. It's not as if he lives near a river that floods every year and this is "old hat".

irishninja's parents were up visiting from Vancouver yesterday, and they got hit by the I-5 closure, and the 101 closure. They had to detour through Yakima--a 6 hour drive instead of the normal 3 hour drive. (We offered to let them stay with us, but they insisted on going).

Bothell had its own little local emergency declared, with places less than a mile of us being evacuated.

Nothing hit us directly, but we had a lot of family and local areas affected by it. And I wanted to kick some of the people going "whatever, it always rains in Seattle" in the teeth :P Metaphorically speaking, of course...
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From:julzerator
Date:December 4th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
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I was caught in the Bothell evacuation, and I'm glad I left when I did... the water was still rising, and I almost stalled when I went through a deep puddle... (thank goodness I didn't)

Thankfully, they've fixed the issue now.
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From:shellyinseattle
Date:December 4th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you're both gotten through the worst of the Bothell problems. I saw the volunteers putting sandbags together there last night, and heard about one area in Bothell, but hadn't realized it was so extensive there.
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From:varianor
Date:December 4th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
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Whoa. I appreciate the perspective for non-locals. The news out our way (even NPR) didn't really help me appreciate the magnitude of this.
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From:shellyinseattle
Date:December 5th, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
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Your welcome.
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From:shellyinseattle
Date:December 5th, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
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All the same, I hope you haven't been affected by the weather.
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From:johnaegard
Date:December 5th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
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Normally, the only thing to worry about with some snow out here are the other drivers, but even they were being cautious and sane


I hear that a lot, and I don't think it's true. I live on the west side of Capitol Hill, and if things get the least bit slippery I don't leave the house because the city lacks the equipment to prevent my part of town from becoming a matrix of downhill ski slopes.

In fact, last time we had a really great ice storm, people were skiing down Denny Hill.
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From:shellyinseattle
Date:December 5th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
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Noted. I just don't take these hills normally, so they don't register as hazards to me when covered with ice except under the very worst of storms.

So the biggest hazard for me still remains the other drivers, since I learned to drive in the midwest with snow and ice being regular conditions.
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From:johnaegard
Date:December 5th, 2007 08:55 am (UTC)
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I learned to drive in Canada, so I'm no stranger to crappy road conditions. But I bet I'm losing my touch, after eight years (!) here in the land of winter rains. So I stay home and try not to be one of the crappy Seattle winter drivers.

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