The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency activated their emergency operations center yesterday, as did the city of Aberdeen in response to the heavy rains and flooding. The overnight high tide didn’t cause many problems but the next high tide at 12:30 today is expected to be worse than Thursday.
City staff in Aberdeen and Hoquiam are warning of water over roadways near rivers today. If you experienced flooding on Thursdsay, it’s likely you’ll see more today.
Aberdeen saw water over the roadway on US Highway 12 that delayed traffic by the Gateway Plaza, you may see some delays or traffic reduced to one lane today. Aberdeen will be closing a couple of streets between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. today. Market Street between “B” Street and “F,” as well as “F” Street South of Heron and Kansas Street between Wishkah and Heron will be closed, as well as any others that accumulate enough water.
The Aberdeen City Shops at the west end of Heron Street will open at 6:00 a.m. on Friday for people who want to fill and take sandbags. The City provides the sand and bags, and asks that you please bring your own shovel and fill your own bag.
The city of Hoquiam was closely monitoring the Hoquiam River dike behind the Humdinger yesterday, with fears that it would breach and possibly flood several local businesses. Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said the Public Works Department was prepared to detour northbound US Route 101 traffic onto State Route 109 at one point.
Patrol officers, detectives, administrative officers and animal control were diverted to assist during this event. Public Works crews were dispatched to close roads and make sure storm water pump stations operated at full capacity.
Water also breached the dike near Eklund Street where several homes were surrounded in water. Endresen Road was closed for a while, and water lapped over the riverbank into the street and yards on C Street near Riverside Avenue, prompting the closure of portions of Broadway Avenue on the way to the the East Hoquiam road. The city is expecting the same flooding in those areas today.
Possibilities of flooding remain through the weekend at high tides as well. The high tide on Saturday is at 1:13 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:52 p.m. Flooding is possible a couple hours before and after the high tides.
Do not drive through standing or moving water. Many lives are lost due to cars attempting to drive through flooded roads. If you approach a flooded area, Turn Around and look for an alternative or wait until the waters subside.
As always, if you have an emergency please call 911.