Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The Water is still rising...
This picture is a follow up on my previous blog post. You can see that the bench (8 1/2 hours later) is now completely under water. A local even told me that this is the worst he has seen in Renton sense 1994, when the water was about six feet higher.
However, it seems we have it easy here in Renton. No major roads are flooded and the waves in the river are about 2 feet below the bridges. However, everything could change in the hours to come. Reports say that up river in Lyman the Cedar river now has a severe flood risk as opposed to the moderate flood risk here in Renton, which shows a potential for trouble before the river crests.
Residents along the Puyallup and Snoqualmie river areas are not so lucky; the National Guard was called in to assist with snow removal in Eastern Washington, and now 200 guardsmen were called in to assist with flood, mud, and evacuation efforts in the Snohomish, Pierce and Lewis counties. King county seems to be getting by with minimal assistance.
The weather is crazy, but everything is nice and cozy here in my apartment. I have power, and plenty of food and water should things turn nasty here in Renton.
So, that's an update on the storm and flooding.