City moves forward with Lake Boren flooding mitigation plan

June 3, 2011

The City Council has directed city staff members to move forward with a plan aimed at mitigating flooding from Lake Boren.

The lake’s water level rises in winter, flooding residents’ basements and yards on the north end of the lake.

China Creek roared into the north end of Lake Boren in December 2010 with heavy rain, flooding residents’ properties and dumping a slew of gravel and sediment on their lawns. By Tim Pfarr

City staff members presented a draft scope of work at the May 13 council meeting, seeking feedback regarding how to proceed with the project. The staff members proposed collecting data from the lake and identifying ways to mitigate the lake level.

In addition to addressing flooding on the north end of the lake, the draft said the project would also include exploring ways to make the north end of the lake more accessible.

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Winter wonderland replaced by Pineapple Express damage

January 7, 2011

The heavy rain that assaulted the city the weekend of Dec. 11-12 caused a landslide off Newcastle Golf Club Road. City crews were forced to use almost 1,400 tons of rock to stabilize the hillside. By Tim Pfarr

In the wake of the snow and ice that pounded Newcastle just before Thanksgiving, a balmy Pineapple Express weather system blew into the area the weekend of Dec. 11 and 12, dumping more than three inches of rain on the city, according to the National Weather Service.

The wet conditions caused a landslide off Newcastle Golf Club Road and flooding in numerous locations across the city.

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City encourages residents, business owners to report storm damage

December 16, 2010

NEW — 5 p.m. Dec. 16, 2010

City officials are encouraging residents and businesses to report damage from the recent wind and rain to King County.

To report damage, call the King County Office of Emergency Management at 206-296-3830 between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

If you call to report damage, do so by Dec. 24 and ask to submit information to Individual Assistance, city officials said in a press release.

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