Melt-down underway: Tips from City of Edmonds to minimize flooding

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The City of Edmonds sand bagging facility is open until 4:30 p.m. Friday and is also likely to be open Saturday.

As the snow and ice begins to melt, the City of Edmonds has tips to minimize the effects of flooding that is likely to occur due to Friday’s warming trend.

Todd Moles, the city’s street and storms manager, said in an email “we can certainly anticipate issues with flooding due to slush obstructing storm drains.” City crews intend to work around the clock but will rely on other city departments to assist in clearing the drains, Moles said. “It will be inevitable that there will be flooding,” he said.

“I think Lake Ballinger residents can count on high water and the typical issues they are sadly accustomed to, Moles said. “I encourage those residents to get sandbagging preparations in order. As always, sand bags are available here at Public
Works. It will be a fill/your/own operations for the most part, but we will help if we have available manpower to assist.”

The address for the Edmonds Public Works facility is 7110 210th St. S.W.

Residents should be aware of the drains in their area, and if they start to see open “ponds,” they should make an effort to either clear the drain or notify Public Works at 425–771–0235 during normal business hours. After hours, you can call 911 to get a crew dispatched, he said.

“We’re not out of the woods yet and I hope those that can stay home would do so,” molds said. “The roads will get extremely slick during the transition from snow to ice to rivers running down the road.”

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