Flooding http://www.kplu.org en With New Levy, Orting Hopes For No More Chronic Flooding Of Puyallup River http://www.kplu.org/post/new-levy-orting-hopes-no-more-chronic-flooding-puyallup-river <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Devastating floods in the Puyallup River valley near </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Orting</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are soon to become a thing of the past.</span></p><p>The city is breaking ground on a new&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">$16 million levy. The project will restore the landscape around the river at the foot of Mount Rainer to something more natural, with room for floodwaters to soak into the landscape.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 04:21:41 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 11867 at http://www.kplu.org With New Levy, Orting Hopes For No More Chronic Flooding Of Puyallup River Worried about Flooding? There's an App for That in King County http://www.kplu.org/post/worried-about-flooding-theres-app-king-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">King County has <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/waterandland/flooding/warning-system/app.aspx" target="_blank">released an app </a>that puts flood warning information at residents' fingertips. The smartphone- and tablet-friendly app&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">displays real-time flooding information on major rivers in the county.</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:03:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10788 at http://www.kplu.org Worried about Flooding? There's an App for That in King County National Weather Service Says Big Floods Likely This Winter http://www.kplu.org/post/national-weather-service-says-big-floods-likely-winter <p>November, which marks the start of flood season in the Northwest, is just around the corner. And the National Weather Service says there is&nbsp;<a href="http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/forecasts.php?wfo=sew" target="_blank">high potential for rivers to burst their banks</a> from now through February.</p><p>This winter will bring what is known as a<a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/lot/2012-2013%20winter%20outlook%20for%20web.pdf">&nbsp;“neutral” weather pattern</a>; we won't see the milder El Ni<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">ñ</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">o</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> nor the wetter, windier La </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ni</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">ñ</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this winter. But that hardly means we get a break. </span></p><p>A neutral winter can mean&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">trouble for those who live or work near flood plains in western Washington as</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;it brings the highest number of so-called “Pineapple Express” events during which an atmospheric river forms off the coast.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:50:24 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10738 at http://www.kplu.org National Weather Service Says Big Floods Likely This Winter Seattle Park is Giant Storm Drain http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-park-giant-storm-drain <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recent summer storms have many locals concerned about urban flooding, or fast-flowing water overwhelming storm drains.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood, outdated infrastructure led to a tragic death in 2006, but the city says the chronic flooding there should be fixed now.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9900 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Park is Giant Storm Drain Salmon crossing interrupted by dog http://www.kplu.org/post/salmon-crossing-interrupted-dog <p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; ">UNION, Wash. —</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; ">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; ">A flooding river covered a road in Washington, allowing some migrating salmon</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; ">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; ">to swim across the pavement.</span> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:46:50 +0000 The Associated Press 6922 at http://www.kplu.org Salmon crossing interrupted by dog Army Corps preparing for 'big water' in Northwest http://www.kplu.org/post/army-corps-preparing-big-water-northwest Federal water and dam managers are draining reservoirs in the Columbia and Snake River basins to get ready for "big water" coursing downriver. In recent weeks, the Army Corps of Engineers has called for bigger drawdowns -- or as the agency calls it "drafting" -- to protect against flooding. Supervisory engineer Peter Brooks says more room is needed to catch runoff from the bountiful snows of March.<p>"Grand Coulee is being drafted close to two feet per day, which is quite a bit, not outside the realm of what we're authorized to do, but it's pretty steep," Brooks says. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 18:12:30 +0000 Tom Banse 4780 at http://www.kplu.org Army Corps preparing for 'big water' in Northwest Second La Nina in a row brings rain but does that mean floods? http://www.kplu.org/post/second-la-nina-row-brings-rain-does-mean-floods <p>Climate experts have predicted a colder and wetter than normal winter on the way for Washington, thanks to a second year in a row of La Nina&rsquo;s effects.&nbsp;</p><p>While some people in the area will be happy about a surge in showers, a lot more are probably disappointed or worried.</p><p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 22:30:36 +0000 Charla Bear 3015 at http://www.kplu.org Second La Nina in a row brings rain but does that mean floods? As Yakima River Flood Waters Recede, Residents Clean Up http://www.kplu.org/post/yakima-river-flood-waters-recede-residents-clean <p>Some areas of the Northwest remain at risk of flooding. But residents along the Yakima River are cleaning up flood damage as the water recedes. Thu, 19 May 2011 20:15:19 +0000 Anna King 1633 at http://www.kplu.org As Yakima River Flood Waters Recede, Residents Clean Up Snoqualmie Falls shows off its majesty as flood waters crest http://www.kplu.org/post/snoqualmie-falls-shows-its-majesty-flood-waters-crest <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXOJ_beHYTA</p><p>The Snoqualmie River is cresting at the falls this morning. These two videos were shot by Carol Wells yesterday on an Android-platform smart phone.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wa/nwis/uv/?site_no=12144500"> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 18:38:12 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1124 at http://www.kplu.org Thursday morning's headlines http://www.kplu.org/post/thursday-mornings-headlines-5 <p>Making headlines this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Puget Sound Murky From Stormwater Runoff</strong></li><li><strong>More Heavy Rains Coming, with Potential Flooding</strong></li><li><strong>Tacoma Considers Closing a High School</strong></li></ul><p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:18:21 +0000 KPLU News Staff 571 at http://www.kplu.org Thursday morning's headlines WSDOT worker killed by falling tree; Worst of storm & flooding over http://www.kplu.org/post/wsdot-worker-killed-falling-tree-worst-storm-flooding-over <p>A veteran Washington State Department of Transportation worker has died after being hit by a falling tree during Sunday night's rain storm.&nbsp; Maintenance Superintendent Jim McBride said the worker was setting up safety cones to alert motorists to downed power lines when the tree fell on his truck and killed him on Highway 203 just south of Carnation.&nbsp;</p><p>Department spokeswoman Kris Olsen identified the man as 66-year-old Billy Rhynalds, a 12-year veteran of the department.</p> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:06:32 +0000 KPLU News Staff & The Associated Press 543 at http://www.kplu.org Mudslides, some flooding around Puget Sound as rain continues http://www.kplu.org/post/mudslides-some-flooding-around-puget-sound-rain-continues <p>Rain continues to fall Friday, and forecasters say over the next few days some areas may get 9 inches or more. Combined with past days' heavy rain and warmer temperatures melting mountain snow, some areas King, Pierce and Snohomish counties report minor flooding and road-blocking mudslides.</p><p>The National Weather Service has <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=sew&amp;wwa=flood%20watch">issued a flood watch for most of western Washington</a>. The statement lists areas of main flooding concern, including:</p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:58:13 +0000 KPLU News Staff 533 at http://www.kplu.org Mudslides, some flooding around Puget Sound as rain continues Tuesday morning's headlines http://www.kplu.org/post/tuesday-mornings-headlines-3 <p><em>Overnight storm knocks out power to tens of thousands, flooding rivers are receding, video of a water rescue near Everett, and rail commuters get a reprieve.</em></p><p><strong> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 15:39:11 +0000 KPLU News Staff 360 at http://www.kplu.org Tuesday morning's headlines Monday morning headlines http://www.kplu.org/post/monday-morning-headlines <p><i>Floods and mudslides follow heavy rains, commuters can expect delays, and Seattle counts the landslides.</i></p><p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 16:21:18 +0000 KPLU News Staff 352 at http://www.kplu.org Monday morning headlines Record rains flood western Washington rivers http://www.kplu.org/post/record-rains-flood-western-washington-rivers <p>Record rainfall in the Pacific Northwest has triggered mudslides and caused record flooding along some Western Washington rivers. &nbsp;As many rivers recede this morning, some are still cresting, including the <span scaytid="4" scayt_word="Snohomish">Snohomish</span> River, where water levels are expected to remain above flood stage through Tuesday.</p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 16:01:22 +0000 KPLU News Staff & The Associated Press 351 at http://www.kplu.org Record rains flood western Washington rivers