Dec. 3, 2007
News from King County Department of Transportation
Release date: December 3, 2007
Heavy rain causing hazardous travel conditions throughout King County
Mother Nature continues to deliver a one-two punch this morning, causing hazardous travel conditions and other weather-related problems all across the region.
On the heels of a snowstorm that caused tricky weekend driving conditions, heavy rain is now causing a whole new set of problems – everything from mudslides to urban flooding.
The King County Road Services Division reports as least 5 mudslides have prompted road closures in the county. The most serious slides are at Northeast 172nd Street at 152nd Place near Woodinville and at the intersection of Jones Road and 196th Ave. Southeast near Renton.
Crews say drainage from a hillside above Jones Road caused an estimated 200 to 300 yards of mud and debris to flow onto the roadway. The story is similar on Northeast 172nd Street, where 60 to 70 yards of debris has covered that roadway. Clean up efforts cannot even begin until the rain subsides and the hillsides stabilize.
There are also reports of smaller slides partially blocking travel lanes. King County road crews are responding to these and other problems such as downed trees and clogged storm drains.
County crews also have their eyes on rivers in King County. As the day progresses, it’s likely residents will see some lowland flooding, especially in flood-prone areas in the Snoqualmie Valley. So motorists should be on the lookout for additional road closures in the valley later today.
Local urban flooding made the morning commute a headache from thousands of motorists, and there’s little short-term relief in site. Gusty winds could compound these problems. With more rain yet to come, residents can help reduce neighborhood flooding by periodically clearing storm drains near their property.
If you must drive in areas impacted by local or river flooding, you are reminded never to drive around barricades or road closure signs and into standing water.
The National Weather Service is forecasting several more hours of heavy rain, which may make driving even more treacherous as we head toward the afternoon commute. As a result, motorists are advised to closely monitor weather reports and road closure updates throughout the day. Motorists should also use extreme caution when driving and anticipate deep standing water in many locations.
Motorists who spot problems on roads maintained by King County are encouraged to report them by calling 206-296-8100 or 1-800-KC ROADS. King County will also issue road alerts and other updated information on King County’s Web site at www.kingcounty.gov, King County Department of Transportation’s Web site at www.kingcounty.gov/kcdot and regional alerts via the Regional Public Information Network at www.RPIN.org. Residents can also monitor near real-time flood data for rivers in King County by going to: