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September 6, 2013 at 6:21 PM
The Associated Press
A storm that dumped heavy rain on Washington state left a wake of damaged roads, a nearly 8-foot-high mudslide and overflowed sewers. But late-summer sunshine is returning soon, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service lifted a flood watch for Western Washington on Friday afternoon as the worst of Thursday’s storm had passed, meteorologist Johnny Burg said.
“We still expect some rainfall, but we’re not expecting anything to cause any widespread flooding,” Burg said.
Residents across Washington woke up Friday morning to inspect the storm’s damage.
One road in unincorporated King County collapsed, creating a sinkhole. Meanwhile, crews northwest of Yakima were working to clean out a nearly 8-foot-high mudslide that hit Highway 410, the state Department of Transportation said.
In Everett, city officials said 12 sewers overflowed into the Snohomish River and Port Gardner Bay. They said water quality at the outfall location was still being tested, but warned residents to stay away from those areas for the time being.
In Lakewood, a narcotics dog chewed its way out of a kennel at its handler’s home and ran away, presumably scared by the thunder and lightning. The police department asked the public for help finding the dog, and it later was found.
The rain came in fast and heavy on Thursday. Lewis County got some of the highest readings, hovering around 4 inches of rainfall. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport measured 1.7 inches over 48 hours, Burg said.
By one rough estimate, the storm brought some 5,900 lightning strikes to Western Washington, Burg said. Some isolated strikes could continue Friday, he added.
One quirk of the storm was a lack of rain in some places where there is usually a lot. Sequim and the coast didn’t register much rain, Burg said.
The forecast calls for sunshine to come back during the second half of Sunday, with a mostly sunny Monday to follow.
For those wondering, summer does not end, technically, until Sept. 22.
August 24, 2012 at 4:04 PM
The right lane of northbound First Avenue South reopened around 3 p.m. Friday, after city crews fastened a metal plate over a former sinkhole, near the crossing of South Massachusetts Street.
That lane had been closed since early Tuesday, when a 16-inch diameter, century-old water main broke.
City agencies originally predicted a Thursday reopening, but a cement-and-soil fill mix that was poured into the sinkhole didn’t cure fast enough. City crews tried to apply blacktop pavement mid-day Thursday, but the heat of the asphalt caused moisture inside the hole to rise, making the new road surface too weak to handle traffic, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.
The steel plate will remain for a few days, until workers can inspect the fill and decide when to complete the new asphalt surface, said Rick Sheridan, spokesman for SDOT.
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