WEATHER/TRAFFIC UPDATES: Soggy Monday; water woes everywhere

November 19, 2012 at 6:33 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts, West Seattle weather | 26 Comments

(SCROLL DOWN for newest updates – we’re out checking on trouble spots too)

(Live view from the only WS Bridge camera currently in operation; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:33 AM: Rain is the big challenge this morning – and deep water is causing trouble on at least two ramps, according to Twitter reports – Delridge to the bridge, and bridge to 99. Lots of water on the roads everywhere we’ve driven. We’re monitoring trouble spots as always.

6:54 AM: A commenter says the ramp from the bridge to I-5 is developing deep-water trouble too. And even if you’re just walking outside your home, beware – our crew just back from an early-morning fire scene found a parking strip with ankle-deep, shoe-filling water. An urban/small-stream flood advisory is in effect all day – into the evening commute – for the entire county, with the possibility of up to 2 inches of rain.

7:33 AM: More reports in comments about water woes around the peninsula – including Fauntleroy and Raymond, a perennial trouble spot, and 35th/Avalon. Our friends at KING 5, who have had crews roving, mentioned a 35th/Barton puddle too.

7:55 AM: From onboard a bus:


8:24 AM: Out roving now. Delridge has many spots with serious puddling, including at Myrtle and just south of Webster. Mary just sent us a photo of someone working to clear out the ramp “lake” by the bridge:

8:39 AM: Another sign of a serious storm: The combined-sewer overflow at Barton (north of the Fauntleroy ferry) is discharging. You can check the CSO status in ‘real time’ on this county webpage. Around the area, efforts continue to reduce the need for those overflows by catching stormwater in other ways. We were reminded of that while just passing the stretch of 26th SW in North Delridge that is getting bioswales – not ready in time for this storm, but some of the holes are dug.

(Minutes later …) We’re checking Longfellow Creek by the Allstar Fitness lot, where water is spouting up from one manhole on the south side.

9:18 AM: Along Alki, some curbside overflow, and downtown is hard to see from Seacrest:

Along Alki and along Delridge (where the next photo was taken), we’re continuing to see people braving the rain to clear the storm drains and reduce puddling:

Seattle Public Utilities is responsible for the storm drains but can’t do it all, so citizen help is appreciated if you can do it safely. If not, or if you see a big road problem that only the city could address, here’s the number to call: (206) 386-1800.

10:46 AM: Beach Drive has a huge “pond” in the 4800 block, alongside the historic Satterlee House’s big front lawn, and a few blocks south, Lisa Dawson tweeted this mini-geyser photo from the 5400 block:

Keep us posted on what you’re seeking – we’ll be watching it all day long, and today we will likely open a separate story for the PM commute around mid-afternoon, rather than keeping this one running.

10:58 AM UPDATE: There’s now a power outage reported in the heart of the White Center business district – 65 “customers” (one customer = one business or home) affected so far. Meander’s sent word they’re affected; we’ll be checking on the range. (Added) Here’s how it’s shown on the City Light map:

11:53 AM UPDATE: Brian sends word that if you’re going to Westwood Village, “Bring your life raft… or at the very least rubber rain boots. The parking lot isn’t draining in Westwood”:

He took that photo in the lot by Starbucks and Big 5. Meantime, after a few other quick news updates, we’ll be launching afternoon coverage shortly.

26 Comments

  1. Particularly deep and wide pond is developing at the on-ramp off of WS bridge to I-5 North. Go slow!

    Comment by B-squared — 6:39 am November 19, 2012 #

  2. second the puddle at the on-ramp – there was also a lot of standing water/puddle at Fauntleroy and 35th as well.

    Comment by Colleen — 7:06 am November 19, 2012 #

  3. Large pond at 35SW and barton. Right in front of the 7 11. On 35th heading north.

    Comment by boy — 7:18 am November 19, 2012 #

  4. Just drove into Federal Way. Lots of standing water around Delridge and Holden.

    Comment by Steph — 7:18 am November 19, 2012 #

  5. HUGE puddle at the intersection of 35th Ave Sw and Trenton. Its deep and very wide. Bus splashed my car there this morning on the way to work. Had to stop in the middle of 35th because I couldn’t see anything. Poor wipers were over taken by the splash. Be careful out there…..also hit a spot on I 90 going up the East side of bridge, center lane that grabbed almost put me into a spin.

    Comment by ~~Hockeywitch~~ — 7:20 am November 19, 2012 #

  6. There’s some flooding across all lanes at the bottom of the hill on 35th & Avalon.

    Comment by Robyn — 7:24 am November 19, 2012 #

  7. Hit two huge puddles this morning, one on the east side of Fauntleroy at Raymond and one on Andover between the gym and 26th. Folks are using the left hand turn lane to bypass the puddle on Fauntleroy. The Andover one is mainly on the north side of the road but is deep enough the oncoming vehicle going through it at speed blinded me with the splash which hit my windshield.

    Comment by linda — 7:30 am November 19, 2012 #

  8. 40 days and 40 nights!

    Comment by ToddinWestwood — 8:02 am November 19, 2012 #

  9. Please keep your speeds down. To be the voice of the pedestrians out there – nothing ruins a day more than a drenching splash from a car going too fast through a puddle.

    Comment by Donvito — 8:05 am November 19, 2012 #

  10. The back way is real bad today full lanes of standing water at High Point, Home Depot and Holden near 15th.

    Comment by Trickycoolj — 8:09 am November 19, 2012 #

  11. Amen, Donvito. Wish I’d brought a spare umbrella (mine got shredded) and a change of socks, pants.

    Comment by Chris W — 8:23 am November 19, 2012 #

  12. Ok, drivers, LIGHTS ON. Also, drive with extra care. I watched several drivers today way overdrive and ignore the fact that many areas were flooded, which equals wet brakes, making sudden stops a bit more difficult…..

    Comment by coffee — 9:18 am November 19, 2012 #

  13. The man clearing leaves from the Delridge on-ramp this morning was wearing shorts and a down coat that didn’t look very water-proof. He looked like a good Samaritan, not an official SPU person. Thanks to whoever you are–it was not a very safe place to be, and miserable to be out in the rain like that.

    Comment by dcn — 11:18 am November 19, 2012 #

  14. I was so grateful to see the guy raking leaves off the Delridge ramp today. Any hard rain and that’s typically a lake to get onto the bridge. I tried to yell “Thank you!” out the window but in case he didn’t hear me – whoever you are, you are appreciated!

    Comment by Bayou — 11:22 am November 19, 2012 #

  15. I gave that guy on the Delridge ramp a honk and yelled “Thank You” out the window. What a mensch. I think most of those big-leafed maple leaves just dropped in the last couple of days. THANK YOU!

    Comment by Laurie — 11:56 am November 19, 2012 #

  16. Ah, November in Seattle…. Be safe, folks!

    Comment by Mary M. — 11:58 am November 19, 2012 #

  17. now the wind comes AFTER the rain… now that all the ground is soft and drenched. stay up trees! (our lights have blinked off about 5 times- hope the power stays on !)

    Comment by sam-c — 1:16 pm November 19, 2012 #

  18. I work on Harbor Island, and the wind seems to be picking up big-time here over the past 20 minutes. Some really strong gusts.

    Comment by Sonic — 1:22 pm November 19, 2012 #

  19. Just had a brief power outage in Gatewood, about 30 seconds then back on.

    Comment by seattletimebandit — 1:27 pm November 19, 2012 #

  20. The winds are really picking up – our lights went out for about 30 seconds here at 46th and Gennesse.

    Comment by pie — 1:33 pm November 19, 2012 #

  21. About halfway down Admiral Way, headed toward the bridge,there’s a waterspout coming out thru an opening in the retaining wall. This water is pouring down Admiral, and following the ramp down to Spokane Street where iris puddling up.

    Comment by Mike — 1:55 pm November 19, 2012 #

  22. Just got back on the C from Alaska Junction. I used the middle door to board, and it started to close on me. Then it opened. The lady behind me started to climb up and the door started to close on her. Her packages fell in the gutter between the curb and the bus. She had to stand in the gutter, wedged between the bus and the curb to pick everything up. I went up to tell the driver that there was a safety situation. I told him that the door was malfunctioning and that a lady was in an unsafe position trying to pick up her things and that he should not close the door or move the bus until she was safely onboard. The driver didn’t seem to care less. He obviously could not see what was happening at the middle door. Do they not have cameras for the drivers to see what is going on. If I hadn’t come forward, he could have slammed the door on that poor woman and taken off and she could have been killed or seriously injured, since she was wedged between the bus and the curb.
    A big safety issue is that the middle and rear doors often have a big gap between the bus and the curb, and the bus is quite high up. Hard for older and less nimble to negotiate. It is an accident waiting to happen, especially since the drivers seem oblivious.
    It also was scary that the heavy doors kept wanting to close on people. I was whacked pretty good before it re-opened. I’m assumimg it was because of the wind, but it really is a safety issue.

    Comment by iggy — 2:26 pm November 19, 2012 #

  23. My bus is having trouble getting onto the viaduct because of cars in bus lanes and others just cutting us off. A little scary tonight!

    Comment by jedifarfy — 4:57 pm November 19, 2012 #

  24. Iggy,
    Thank you for stepping up and alerting the driver. They can only see so much and we need help from riders who see situations like that to quickly speak up. Also boarding and exiting from the front is the best place for those who need help with that step up. I’ll send your report along to supervisors so they are aware of situations like this.

    Comment by Jeff Switzer, King County Metro — 5:17 pm November 19, 2012 #

  25. This “C” line situation is getting worse — not better as claimed by METRO!!

    Comment by dwar — 5:53 pm November 19, 2012 #

  26. The C was packed at Columbia and 2nd and I could see the bus driver shaking his head at us standing on the sidewalk. Lucky thing for me, I ran to catch the 55 just in front of the C. this rarely happened before the changes.

    Comment by bus rider — 6:19 pm November 19, 2012 #

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