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Storm leads to power outages, overflows at two Eastside pump station

Summary

A strong windstorm knocked out power that led to overflows at King County's Murray and Richmond Beach pump stations.

Story

A strong fall windstorm knocked out power and caused overflows at two King County wastewater pump stations on Saturday night.

An overflow into Lake Washington from King County’s Kirkland Pump Station, located at Third Street and Park Lane in Kirkland, began at 9 p.m. and lasted about 35 minutes. Crews engaged a backup power system and restored normal operation at the station.

Another overflow into the Mercer Slough occurred at the Sweyolocken Pump Station, located at 3100 Bellevue Way S.E. Crews were on-site at 11 p.m. to engage an emergency generator and to stop the overflow.

King County will report the overflows to health and regulatory agencies, monitor water quality, and post affected areas as closed to protect public health.

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