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Symms said she had fully intended to reopen the flood-dam- aged restaurant by Jan. 24, and in the past few days, had hired a crew to rip out carpeting, tear out drywall and clear the parking lot of mud and debris. But she said she was informed Jan. 11 by landlord DeWayne Briscoe that she might not have a lease if there is more than 50 per- cent damage to the building's exte- rior. She said Briscoe would inform her within 30 days. "This can be a real roller- coaster ride, but I'm leaning toward opening in two to three weeks," Symms said. "But then again, that could all change." Briscoe could not be reached for comment. Floodwaters reached more than two feet high in Lombardi's main dining room. All of the carpeting, drywall and furnishings had to be removed from the restaurant. Symms estimams the restaurant had between $275,000 to $325,000 damage, which is cov- ered by insurance. "I'm pretty experienced at this," she said. "This is the fourth flood in 19 years and I've been here for three of them. The morning of the flooding, a lone white pickup truck was buried in the Gilman Square parking lot with water up to its windows. Symms met with insurance agents and lawyers to plot her next course of action. But she suggests city officials purchase the property and turn it into a flood storage area for the next time Issaquah Creek spills over its banks. "We've had millions of dollars in damage over the years, and we've "The more mud, the bigger the discount." - Patty Green Owner of S/rs INSIDE Report flood losses by Friday Page A2 Photos of flooding Page A2 For more information and a photo slideshow, go to www.issaquahpress.com had six or seven times when we came within inches of going under," she said. "This is a great opportunity for the city." A pickup pushed a pile of mud while other workers with squeegees cleared muck and debris Jan. 12 from the shopping complex from last week's flooding. The half- dozen businesses at the strip mall behind Lombardi's all sustained water damage from the flooding. Patty Green, owner of Sisters Antiques, used a box cutter to rip out damaged carpeting over the weekend. On Jan. 9, she said she was able to get to the shop without water mOing over her ee-high boots. "I looked through the window to find about a foot of water through- out the shop," she said. The drywall was waterlogged and has to be replaced. Two huge dehumidifiers are located in the shop, pulling moisture out. Kindness floods In after water Although "she estimates the loss to be in the thousands of dollars, she said she has been impressed by random acts of kindness by cus- tomers and local business owners and managers. "I had one customer drop off a really sweet card with a $100 bill inside and he said, 'I'm sorry I can't do more,'" she said. The owner of Round Table Pizza dropped off pizzas for all of the businesses in Gilman Square on Jan. 9, she said. "People have been rallyin[' around us and that shows wha kind of community we have," she said. Green is now having a flood See KOOD, Page.42 BY GREG FARRAR Sisters Jennifer Davies, Jullanne Long and Mlndy Heintz (from left) retrieve belongings Jan. 8 from the toppled guesthouse at the home of their parents, Jack and Karen Brooks, beside Issaquah Creek in the 23300 block of Southeast May Valley Road. BY OREG FARRAR Mark Mullet takes his all-electric Tesla Roadster, signature series No. 68, for a spin in the Issaquah Highlands. Mullet is the first in the state to own a Tesla. First all electric car arrives Issaquah owner says Tesla 00tster could ch00:nge the world BY GREG FA1]RAR Mark Mullet, opening the hood of his 2008 Tesla Roadster for the first time, looks inside an says, '1 don't even know what that is. Is that the engine?' BY DAVID HAYES hard to go anywhere in these f in the days ahead, a cloud of dust is spotted, preceded by a blur of radiant red, there's a good chance it was just Mark Mullet living his boyhood dream behind the wheel of his new Tesla Roadster. While many .youngsters dream some- of burning ber in the latest sports car, few imag- ine doing so in a fully electric hot rod. The Tesla is the perfect car for the Issaquah Highlands resi- dent. Mullet said he remembers when he was a starry-eyed lad living in the Seattle neighborhood of Greenlake, watching the solar car races. He especially recalled one Volkswagen Bug with its entire back seat filled with batter- ies. "It could go 35 miles on one charge," he said. "Of course, it could also only go 35 mph. So, that kind of made it unnaturally BY GREO FARRAI The feel tank Sows yellow when the recharging hose is plugged in. designs. "But I always thought it would be really cool to own a solar-pan- eled car," he added. "It would only be a matter of time." That time is now. The Tesla represents the latest in cutting edge motoring technology. Time magazine declared the car the second best invention of 2008. The roadster's Web site clicks off unbelievable features: 100 percent electric 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds 14,000 rpm redline Burns no oil 244 miles per charge Cost is pennies per mile. And Mullet has the first one in Washington state. He said he believes there are about 10 others In the state waiting behind him to et their order, including Seattle eahawks owner Paul Allen. While he ordered the signature 100 series Tesla back in 2006, See TESLA, Page A6 Calendar revised for missed school days While the snow made for an early start to students' winter break, it doesn't mean students don't have to make them up. Students will now go to school May 22, which was previously a day off to extend the Memorial Day holiday weekend from three to four days. Students will make up the other two days at the end of the year, June 16 and 17, instead of ending the year June 15 as originally scheduled. Days where only hours were missed due to snow, Dec. 17 and Jan. 5, do not have to be made up, since the state mandates that only whole days, not hours, be made up. As required by the state, stu- dents must be in school 180 days; seniors must be in school 175 days. Go to ,awc.issaquah. wednet edu/doc- uments/2OOa- 09SchoolCalendar.pdf. Currently, seniors are short one day and district officials are figur- ing out how they can make that day up before the end of the year, according to Sara Niegowski, dis- trict director of communications. The makeup day will most like- ly be an activity day on a Saturday or sometime during the Washington Assessment of Student Learning testing days, similar to what the district did two years ago, when bad weath- er plagued the area. Workshops will review new tree-removal rules Now that the city has new tree preservation codes, its Planning Department will host three open house workshops for professionals who do busi- ness within city limits that involves the maintenance and removal of trees. In general, the new codes revise how many trees can be removed from single-family, multifamily and commercial properties. The amendments also define what "significant," "landmark" and "protected" trees are, as well as outline what the process is to remove these trees. The city now also has a tree removal form to guide property owners through the application process. Tree professionals, as well as any other interested citizens, are invited to stop by at any time dur- ing the sessions. City staff .mem- bers will be available to explain the new tree codes and answer any questions about the applica- tion process. The three open house work- shops, which will be held at the Pickering Room in Issaquah City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W., are: 7:30-9:30 a.m Wednesday, Jan. 14 3-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20 7:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28 A list of the professionals who attend the meetings will be made available to the public. Learn more about the new codes at www.ci.issaquah.wa.us or by calling Kirk PrindJe at 837- 3080. INSIDE THE PRESI RAIN GAIN GAS GAUGE A&E ........ B6 Classifieds ... C4-5 Community ... B1 Obituaries .... B3 Opinion ...... A4 Police & Fire .. C5 Schools ...... C6 Sports ..... C1-3 Federal, state, county and city offices and banks will close Jan. 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Post offices will close and there will be no delivery of mail. State driver's license offices and state-run liquor stores will also be closed. Metro Transit operates on a reduced weekday schedule, and some routes are cancelled. Call 206-205-5000 or go to www.metrotransit.org, .......... ! ....... fu::::_:::;: JI i ii (through Monday) 5.57 inches 7.55 inches Total last year: Iif 'f (through Jan. 12) ".. 3.44 inches BE LOlL PRICES , $1.98 - Costco ), $1.99 - Cenex 145 N.E. Gilman Blvd. HI6HF.ST LOCAL lff * $2.05 - Shell 825 Front St. To mpo gas pnces in )our area, go to w.seatYeg6com. _r