City of Edmonds flood update: ‘Things have almost completely calmed down’

A kayaker takes advantage of the flooded Waterfront Antique Mall parking lot next to Dayton Street Sunday. (Photos courtesy City of Edmonds)
A dock underwater on the Edmonds side of Lake Ballinger.

Here’s the latest from City of Edmonds Public Works Director Phil Williams as of Monday afternoon on the flooding situation in Edmonds:

Things have almost completely calmed down for us. We got 2.22 inches of rain in 22 hours, which would be approximately a five-year Storm event for us. That means we might see an equivalent or larger storm event only once every five  years on average. We seemed to get somewhat less rain here than in several surrounding jurisdictions. Seattle reported 3.69 inches (not sure which gauge) and I saw Bremerton (where I now live) reporting 5.68 inches in 24 hours. So we got a little lucky. As a result we did not experience major problems.

We did see very high levels at Lake Ballinger, which are slowly receding. We, of course had standing water on SR 104 at Dayton, and Dayton between 104 and Railroad Ave. was closed until approx. 7:30 last night. Lynnwood’s sewer line in 76th Avenue north of Perrinville overflowed, sending untreated sewage into Perrinville Creek. That had subsided by 11:30 a.m., yesterday, with the residue being cleaned up by their sewer crews later in the day. We had a storm line surcharge on Talbott Dr., which sent some flow toward a residential garage. This was sandbagged quickly and didn’t create a problem for very long.

We filled and provided approx. 1,000 sandbags to citizens for their use during this event. We provided approximately another 1,000 bags to the City of Lake Forest Park (which was fighting against high water in McAleer Creek).

  1. Some pics of the brown trout issues in Perrinville:

    Lynnwood needs to get the 76th trunk line replaced ASAP. This is at least the third time it has happened since 96. Edmonds and Lynnwood continue hooking up new homes and businesses to the same over capacity line. Homes have been damaged by raw sewage in the past due to the backflow pressure. 76th ave was partly washed out due to this issue a couple of years ago. How much is this costing Edmonds? I hope they remember to send the bill to Lynnwood.

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