UPDATED Roadways in Totem Lake Closed Due To Flooding

UPDATED 12/15/2010 5:20PM

Flood Update #5:  Totem Lake Blvd Open

No Center Turn Lane Available

Kirkland Public Works has opened Totem Lake Blvd. south of 120th Avenue up to NE 124th Street.  Only two lanes of traffic are open; the center turn lane is closed.  All roads in the Totem Lake area are open to traffic. Crews continue to monitor areas impacted by flood waters and are working to reduce high water areas, particularly in the Totem Lake area.  To report severe flooding or road hazards in Kirkland city limits, call the Public Works Maintenance line at 425-587-3900.  Please provide as much detail as possible about the location and impacts of flooding.

UPDATED 12/15/2010 2:30PM

Flood Update #4:  120th Avenue NE Ramp Open

Totem Lake Blvd South of 120th Remains Closed

Kirkland Public Works has opened the NE 124th Street exit (Exit Number 20B from northbound I-405) allowing access to 120th Avenue NE which leads to Evergreen Hospital and Totem Lake Mall.  Totem Lake Blvd. remains closed south of 120th Avenue up to NE 124th Street.  Crews continue to monitor areas impacted by flood waters and are working to reduce high water areas, particularly in the Totem Lake area.  To report severe flooding or road hazards in Kirkland city limits, call the Public Works Maintenance line at 425-587-3900.  Please provide as much detail as possible about the location and impacts of flooding.

UPDATED 12/13/2010 4:15PM

Flood Update #3: Totem Lake Roads Remain Closed

The City’s Public Works Department has been monitoring the roadways impacted by yesterday’s floods. The following roads remain closed due to water in the roadway and drivers are asked to obey all road closures:

  • Northbound I-405 at the Totem Lake Blvd. exit to 120th Avenue (tunnel)
  • Totem Lake Blvd from 120th Avenue NE to NE 124th Street
  • Totem Lake Blvd from NE 128th St to NE 124th Street.

UPDATED 12/12/2010 4:40PM

Kirkland Flood Update #2:  City Responds to Juanita Creek and Tributary Flooding

The City of Kirkland Public Works Department is monitoring the flooding impacts to residential properties along Billy Creek, a tributary of Juanita Creek in the Finn Hill/North Juanita area.  Both creeks are experiencing high water and flooding.  Impacted roads include 94th Avenue NE at NE 124th Street up to NE 126th Place.   Crews are checking storm drain systems to ensure proper drainage is occurring.  Drivers are asked to find alternate routes.  Area residents should stay clear of the flood waters and report local flooding hazards by calling the Public Works Maintenance line at 425-587-3900.

Kirkland Flood Update #1:  Roadways in Totem Lake Area Closed

The City’s Public Works Department is vigorously responding to the roadway and waterway flooding occurring in Kirkland.  The following roads are closed and drivers are asked to obey all road closures:

·         Northbound I-405 at the Totem Lake Blvd. exit to 120th Avenue (tunnel) ·         Totem Lake Blvd from 120th Avenue NE to NE 124th Street ·         Totem Lake Blvd from NE 128th St to NE 124th Street.

To report severe flooding or road hazards in Kirkland city limits, call the Public Works Maintenance line at 425-587-3900.  Please provide as much detail as possible about the location and impacts of flooding.

Safety Tips Heavy rainfall can cause trees to fall and possible power outages. Public works crews are ready to remove fallen trees from the road. If wires are on the ground, the proper agencies will be contacted. ·         If you come upon flood waters or a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, STOP, turn around, and go another way.  Never try to walk, swim, or drive through swift water.  (American Red Cross) ·         Never play around high water, creek and stream banks, storm drains, ditches, ravines, or culverts in flooded or recently flooded areas.  (American Red Cross) ·         Watch for “Street Closed” signs. They are placed by crews for your safety. ·         Call 9-1-1 only for emergencies. ·         Listen to your radio or television for storm forecasts and other information. ·         Stay away from downed power lines. To report a downed power line or a power outage, contact Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773. ·         Check on your disaster preparedness kit to ensure it contains enough food, water, flashlights, and other supplies to last at least three days. Remember to rotate and update your supplies every six months. For a detailed list of recommended disaster kit items, visit www.ready.gov.

For flood preparedness and response information, visit www.takewinterbystorm.org.  To receive regional emergency information, visit www.rpin.org.  For current and forecast weather conditions, visit www.weather.gov/seattle.