Some flooding possible Thursday as extreme high ‘King Tides’ returning to Edmonds

The City of Edmonds Public Works Department is warning that there may be some flooding — specifically water over the roadway Thursday at the perennial Dayton Street trouble spot near the Edmonds waterfront — due to extreme “King Tides.”

King Tides occur naturally once or twice per year, when gravitational pulls from the sun and the moon reinforce one another.  Last year, King Tides combined with heavy rainfall to cause concern, but Public Works Director Phil Williams said that isn’t the case this year. “We are not expecting the high levels of precipitation that we had last year coincident with the high tides,” Williams said in an email Tuesday morning. “Also exacerbating the situation last winter were high winds and waves with a westerly component that stacked water up against our shoreline. Right now we don’t see a problem with flooding until at least Thursday (12/29) when more rain is forecast.”

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