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Grossonbacher Bros. 61.,I) .T,U, 6th Ave, Portland) Orogon 97209 THE l SSAQUAH PRESS Twenty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAI SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 2, January 12, 1983 i;/: j .... ; ]i  .%.'711 @@ ,.. fir fighters bail out flooded basements. by Rhoda Donkin When it rains, it pours, ad while a winter deluge is ao surprise to people in Issa-" quah, there is always some- one caught in their base- raent with muddy water around their ankles for the first time. Last week's rains brought local volunteers from all over the area scrambling around the clock to clean up the silty debris left in the wake of the rampaging Issaquah Creek. At one point the water level tneasured over nine feet above average at the 56th street guage, and the rain kept coming. Sandbags were tossed along the banks of the creek hour after hour and rental businesses in town boomed as People called in for pumps and vacuums. Luckily the rain subsided before critical damage was eXPerienced by anyone in the city, but many people needed last weekend to recuperate after the long wet week. volunteers went out on 28 calls. Covering an area from the Pine Lake Plateau, as far east as Snoqualmie Pass, and south to Renton, fire fighters spent a non-stop 24 hours hauling pumps, sandbags and vacuums to distressed homes over the 100 square miles of the district. An estimated 50 volunteers responded at all hours of the day and night during the downpour, chasing an average of two calls an hour. While one man called to say he was up to his hips in water, there were no life- threatening situations. The one benefit of so much rain was a lack of fire calls. Only two car fires and two chimney fires were reported during the flood week. City fire fighters were also kept busy around the clock, paying a number of visits to the hardest hit properties along the creek. Workers at Jay Berry's Gourmet Pizza and Pasta made a few valiant attempts forts finally proved futile. With the help of friends and Issaquah fire fighters, sand- bags were piled high and three big pumps were install- ed under the restaurant. Owner Steve Sargent and manager Leigh Moi watched the water level of the creek all night. As the water began to spill over the banks, they opened a bottle of wine and sat back, resigned to the fact that no amount of equipment would keep out the four feet of water that eventually flooded their basement. The waters submerged a water heater (that still works) and drowned many cans of food. The owners have big plans to build up the bank and construct a cement wall to keep water out in the future. The lssaquah volunteers couldn't stay too long at Jay Berry's. They were called to Sycamore Place, Mine Hill Road, Forest Drive and the Rainbow School behind Hi- Lo Shopping Center. There, while owner Kelly Brewer kept a house full of excited daycare kids calm, volunteers pumped water from the school's basement. The school was left with its own pump going after volunteers left. Homes along the creek at S.W. Clark, by the Clark Street bridge, had fully submerged front yards, and there was little volunteers could do until the water from the creek subsided. For those homes it's an annual ritual. .. a sewer line threatens to break open... The rampaging waters of Issaquah Creek weakened supports holding up an eight- inch sewer line just above the fish hatchery late last week, and threatened to dump the line and its contents into the creek, residents living on creek and reconstruct two Wildwood Boulevard up to supports, saving the sewer Highwood Drive would be line before it snapped and without sewer facilities for spilled. A road was forged up to eight hours while the through the woods below line was plugged and re- Our Savior Lutheran Church paired, to the creek by Watson @ Keep Pickering Farm and airport the way they are, says planning commission The lssaquah Planning Commission voted unani- mously last week to recom- mend the 140-acre Picketing Farm property and 62 undeveloped acres south of Interstate-90 stay the way it is under the new comprehensive plan. On January 17 the city council will consider its recommendation along with a year's worth of public hear- ings and dozens of letters before it makes a final de- cision on the city's new com- prehensive plan. The plan will guide future growth on undeveloped land along Interstate-90. During the past year, as the plan was being drafted, the most controversial aspect involved the Picketing Farm property. OriginallY, the 32 acres used for the Issaquah Skyport were slated for the lowest density development and put in an "established district." It was called established because the air- field has been in operation for 40 years and was seen as an important landmark in the city. The land surrounding the Picketing barn was seen as less established and suit- able for future development. Last March the city council voted to combine both areas into one development dis- trict. Since then, opponents of the idea have been very vocal on the issue. Dozens of letters have been submitted to the city, and in recent weeks the majority have mentioned the now familiar phrase of "preserv- ing the unique rural character of Issaquah." In the final draft of the plan's en- vironmental impact state- ment, thirteen letters favored keeping the airport, while 12 listed reasons it should be moved or abandoned to ac- comodate adjacent growth. Recently, city council mem- ber Dave Clark said he has received about 50 letters in favor of retaining the air- field. In November, 14 letters submitted to the council all favored the same thing. In its vote last week, plan- ning commission members said they leaned on public testimony they heard and read on the issue before de- ciding to transfer 200 more acres to a then established district. Included in that de- cision was 62 acres of slopes west of the Issaquah Tennis Club Goods stolen statewide found in Issaquah home Three Issaquah residents were arrested and charged with burglary following a raid on their house at 140 West Sunset Way. More than $15,000 worth of goods rang- ing from antiques to stoves were discovered in the house across the street from the Issaquah salmon hatchery. Douglas C. Vineyard, 27, Ronaid W. Soreng, 19 and Theresa M. Kidder, 21, were charged Tuesday, January 11 and will be extradited to Okanogan to face the burglary charges. Acting on a tip from the Okanogan Sheriff's office, Issaquah police searched the house at 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday. They con- fiscated antiques, power tools, jewelery, a rifle and other items allegedly stolen from homes in Okanogan. During the investigation, police also recovered three snowmobiles stored at dif- ferent locations throughout King County which had also been stolen. They average about $2,000 apiece. Police also identified a refrigerator and a stove stolen from Issaquah resi- dences, and a stereo system connected with a King Coun- ty burglary. i(On Wednesday, January 5, to hold back the unrelenting ing County Fire District 10 creek overflow, but their ef- Holiday Inn of Issaquah invites you to listen to the enjoyable music of "PROMISES" in our Lounge LOUNGE HOURS: TUES.-SAT. 5 P.M.-2 A.M. LUNCH: 11 A.M.-2 P.M. Exit 15 off 1.90 . 392-6421 creek. Two days of non-stop rain left the pipe without one critical support and another badly damaged. Public Works Director Jack Crum- Icy estimated the line had been about 70 percent weakened. He cautioned that if it broke and 'fell into the He sought the help of Emergency Services Director Armin Thompson to find the estimated $30,000 needed to hang a new line across the creek, if worst came to worst. Luckily, the downpour subsided and workers were able to fill in the banks of the Asphalt, who responded immediately to a call from Crumley. Huge amounts of rock were dumped to save the disintegrating bank. The stabilization work cost an estimated $12,000 to $16,000. Crumley says the line is now as stable as it was before the downpour. ... but you can learn to save your home from disaster In the wake of the year's first torrential rains, a new class on protecting your home is being taught through the Issaquah Park and Recre- ation Department. The course called, "Safe At Home," is not a first aid class and does not offer tips on energy efficiency. It is geared to give homeowners some idea about the natural emergencies the area is sub- ject to and how to prevent losing property in the event of such an emergency. "Issaquah is due for an earthquake," says teacher Janet Tanaka, specialist in natural hazard management. "And of course the city is subject to serious flooding.' She calls it a "hands on" course, one that will help anyone who owns property to protect themselves. For people who suffered during last week's flooding, she will teach a class on how to ex- amine your property and tell if it is flood proof, and the expense involved in flood- proofing homes. "It's a class in protecting your property, sanity, and pocketbook." Other disasters covered in the six-week class include earthquakes, winter storms, hazardous materials release and nuclear radiation. Tanaka is a volcanic and seismic hazard consultant for UNESCO. She has worked in the State Energy Office, writ- ten several books and taught in a number of colleges in the area. Class registration is at the Issaquah Parks Department, 392-7131. Large trucks and vans were the only vehicles allowed on Clark Street after Issaquah Creek overflowed into the roadway. Supports on this sewer line across Issaquah creek threatened to give way at the height of the flood.