Many readers sent us photos of the dramatic rain and resulting floods in Edmonds Thursday afternoon.
My Edmonds News reporter/photographer Larry Vogel said he was visiting the Red Twig in downtown Edmonds for open mic nite when a torrential rainstorm hit at about 5:45 p.m. “The sky literally opened up, and the rain beat against the glass in a torrent,” he said. “In no time, the storm drainage system was overwhelmed, and runoff water began to fill the streets. It only took a few moments to cover the road, but motorists kept passing through despite water deep enough to cover their hubcaps.”
Police and fire crews were quick to arrive on the scene to help direct traffic around the deepest water, Vogel reported.
Within 30 minutes the rain stopped, and the water began to recede, leaving Fifth Avenue covered with mud and debris, and causing the pavement to sink in spots. As of 9:30 pm Fifth Avenue remained closed between Dayton and Alder, he added.
Some downtown establishments were flooded as a result of the sudden rain, including the Bank of Washington building at 5th and Dayton and Edmonds Landing Senior Living residence at 1st and Dayton.
Kathy Hashbarger, marketing manager at Chermak Construction, was attending the 12th anniversary celebration of Edmonds Landing when the sky opened up.
“The tables were set with beautiful Spanish Tapas, Enrique was strumming, everyone was set to celebrate,” she noted. “Then the rains came.” Water flowed over the gutters allowing some water to intrude, she noted. The elevator shaft as also affected & closed for inspection. Street culverts and drains couldn’t handle the deluge of water and a river of water flowed into Edmonds Landing’s underground parking space.
Elevator company ThyssenKrupp and Lynnwood ServPro came to the rescue, preventing further loss, Hashbarger said.