April 16, 2014
For Immediate Release:
Contact:Andy Ryan, (206) 684-7688
Project will prevent local flooding, create habitat for threatened salmon.
SEATTLE — Beginning as early as May 5, part of 35th Avenue Northeast will be closed for approximately six months while the city’s longest creek is reshaped to prevent chronic flooding and restore habitat for threatened salmon and other species.
For years, the confluence of the North and South branches of Thornton Creek, just east of 35th Avenue Northeast, has been prone to flooding. High waters have frequently inundated nearby homes, Nathan Hale High School and Meadowbrook Community Center and closed the road to traffic.
To fix the problem, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will remove an undersized culvert under 35th Avenue Northeast and realign the existing creek channel through a new two-acre flood plain. Continue reading