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A2 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS I BY GREG FARRAR Patty Green (dght), owner of Sisters Antiques in the Gilman Square Home Center, and her friend Gary Roff, look at floodwater in the parking lot Jan. 8 as it wreaks havoc on their building and inventory. BY WILL DUFFY Two ears, one with its hazard lights still flashing, sit stranded Jan. 8 in the 1100 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard near the Washington Mutual bank. Flood FI?OM PAGE A1 sale, with merchandise discounted 25 to 35 percent. "The more mud, the bigger the discount," Green said. Noel Fosnaugh, owner of Graybeard Gilman Antique Gallery, said his store had 8 inches of standing water and damage to the carpeting avd drywall. He esti- mates the (irect loss from the flooding at $5,000. Restoring the antique furnishings will cost him $10,000, he projects. Fosnaugh said he s also open for business. "We need the cash flow," he said. "Right now, more is pouring out than pouring in." Kim Wilson, a customer service manager at Sterling Savings bank branch on Gilman Boulevard' arrived at 8 a.m. Jan. 8 to find the lobby under two inches of water. The sound of circuit breakers crackling could be heard in the darkened bank. At the entrance stood an antique milk jul from a nearby store. The sle)r t orc of the rising waters from Issaquah Creek moved even large commercial trash bins. The former site of the Tiger Mountain Grill restaurant was under water and the parking lot of Gilman Wfilage was dotted with traffic cones alerting motorists to high water. Guesthouse falls Into creek Northeast Dogwood Street was coated in mud that was ankle deep near the curbs. Andrew Fawcett, who lives on the third floor of the Bavarian Condominiums, was awakened at 4:30 a.m. by a televi- sion news helicopter. "I looked down and saw about 15 people frantically sandbagging," he said. "This caught us by surprise." ISSAQILAH CREEK FLOOD STAGES The highest level of flooding Issaquah Creek reached was Phase II1. There are four phases of total volume. They are: Phase I - 6.5 feet Phase II - 7.5 feet  Phase III - 8.5 feet Phase IV - 9 feet The guesthouse of Jack and Karen Brooks, at 23321 Southeast May Valley Road, fell into Issaquah Creek. Their daughter, Julianne Long, 43, was living in the 600- square-foot structure. She was not home when it fell into the creek at about 4:30 a.m., having evacuated the night before. "I thought I lost everything. But I've got some crazy people, who I dearly love, in there trying to sal- vage stuff," said Long, who'd been living in the guest home for the past few months. The Brookses have lived next door for 40 years. "This is not a happy day for us," Jack Brooks said. "This is just terri- ble,,. I had no idea this could happen. In 1990, we had some problems with the creek erosion, but man- aged to get through it," he said. "That was nothing like this." The home was not flooded. BUt the creek bank was slowly eroded by the rising waters until the 15- foot buffer was gone. Two sections of Issaquah-Hobart Road were closed, the first by Issaquah Public Works personnel who were clearing clogged drains that caused about 100 yards of flooding along the southbound roadway. The King County Sheriff's Office blocked Issaquah-Hobart Road from the Sycamore neighborhood to May Valley Road.A culvert of the north fork of Issaquah Creek became blocked, sending the entire Jon Zlntel, a resident of Park Shore Apartments, at 230 Wildwood Blvd. S.W., talks on a cell phone while looking at the water rush- ing over the ground floor garage Jan. 7 beside Issaquah Creek. BY DAVID HAYES REPORT FLOOD LOSSES BY FRIDAY Following the recent flood, King County now has a preliminary dam- age reporting hotJine for both indi- vidual property and business owners to report losses. The number, 800- 523-5044, will be open from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13-16. Damage reports can also be filed online at http://your.kingcounty.gev/pre- pare/damage. King County officials are working with state officials to secure federal disaster assistance to help individu- als and businesses with repairs and the costs of debris removal. For local assistance in reporting damages, affected businesses can call city Economic Development Manager Dan Trimble at 837-3012; affected residents can call the Public Works Operations Department at 837-3470. Cleanup The city has a supply of Red Cress flood clean-up kits for residents and businesses. To reserve a kit, call 837-3470. For safety tips related to cleaning up flood damage, go to www.kingcounty, gev/health/disaster. In addition, Issaquah's Public Works Operations team continues to focus on its cleanup efforts. Residents can help out by keeping the storm drains near their homes clear of debris and leaves. For larger storm water issues, call 837-3470. Building Information Property owners who have ques- tions regarding the safety of a flood- damaged building can call the city Building Department at 837-3100 during normal business hours. City inspectors can help declare a build- ing safe or unsafe to occupy. Those who need further building inspection are advised to contact a qualified engineer or architect to determine what repairs are needed. Building Department officials can also answer questions about what repairs normally require a building permit, such as foundation repairs, drywall and insulation replacement. DSHS food assistance Clients currently receiving food assistance through the state Department of Social and Health Services may be eligible to receive replacement food allotments if they've lost food because of flood damage, power outages or other household disasters. Call 800-662- 6715 toll-free. Learn more on the city's Web site at www. ci. issaquah, wa. us. BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK The Raging River fills up its channel Jan. 7 in Preston as a bystander looks on. flow across the road. In the direct ath of the flow was Kevin Dunn's ome, where about two feet of water accumulated in his crawl space and garage. I would definitely say this is one of the worst floods we've seen since '96," said Autumn Monahan, com- munications coordinator for the city. Hatchery, nearby homes flooded, too The floodwaters from Issaquah Creek also exceeded the capabili- ties of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. "This is the worst I've seen it in 19 years of work here," said Mike Griffin, a hatchery manager. "It rivals the 1996 flooding. But con- sidering the amount of water and the height of the creek, we sur- vived pretty good." Large filters at the end of the fish ponds had trapped sand and mud about 20 feet wide and about 3 feet tall. Unfortunately, much of that had slowly seeped into the ponds. "It isn't good for their gills, that is for sure," Griffin said. "But they are fairly healthy and suited for this kind of event in the Pacific Northwest." Griffin also lives on the hatchery property and said the water was within a half-inch of making its way inside his home. "This morning, my entire house was an island," he said. "I came home in my waders and got up this morning to put my waders back on, and that was just to get to high City worker, neighbor rescue dog from mud BY JEFF RICHARDS It was only 13-year-old Jordan's golden hair and a near- by city worker that saved her life Jan. 9 after she was stuck in 10- 14 inches of mud, a leftover from the day-before flooding. "She wasn't whimpering. She wasn't moving," said Ed McCormack, who along with a city worker helped dig the a gold- en retriever/collie mix out. "If that had been a darker dog, then that would have been a dead dog, because nobody would have seen her." Nobody was more thankful for the act of heroism than Jordan's owner Julie Averill and her fami- ly, who now get to spend a little more time with their beloved pet. Jordan has a tumor growing on her nose, and Averill said she likely only has a couple of months before she dies of cancer. "She has two kids who love her," Averili said referring to her 4- and 6-year-old children. "And the neighbors love her." Jordan was let out of the house to play with McCormack's dog, but she landed in the thick mud and sunk in until she couldn't move. "She doesn't have any muscle or anything. She's an old dog, just skin and bones," said McCormack, who lives next door to Averili. "It was like quicksand -- liquid mud." Three city workers were in the area clearing mud from the streets when one of them saw Jordan's golden head sticking out CONTRIBUTED Jordan, 13, a golden retriever-collie mix owned by Sycamore resident Julie Averill, recuperates after her rescue from deep, quicksand-like mud from Issaquah Creek near her home. of the mud. When he saw that she was stuck, he told the family. The mud had risen up Jordan's chest and to her muzzle, which lay on the surface. McCormack and the city worker spent several minutes setting Jordan free from the mud, struggling not to fall in as well. McCormack said he never found out the name of that city worker. McCormack washed Jordan, and the old dog is now starting to fully recover from the experi- ence. "Her muscles are tired from all that work to get out of the mud," Averill said. "We're just really grateful, and we'd love to say thank you to the city workers who helped her. Reach intern Jeff Richards at 392-6434, ext. 236, or isspress@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press, com. BY JIM FEEHAN Diane Symms, owner of Lombardi's Neighborhood Italian restaurant, stands in the flood-damaged main dining room Jan. 12, with ruined carpeting and dry- wall already removed. ground." Several 10-cubic yard trash bins came in close contact with the creek, too. "They came down the creek and when they hit the bridge, it sound- ed like a sonic boom, he said. Near the intersection of Front Street South and Newport Way, ou could see one of those trash ins near Julie Nierenberg's home on Front Street South. Inside was the constant buzz of water slurping through shop vacu- um cleaners. Kathy Nierenberg, Julie's daugh- ter-in-law, said she and her hus- band, who live in Fall City, and his brother Rich Nierenberg and his wife Linda, who live in Sammamish, had been at the home since about 2 a.m. trying to contain the water to the basement. "We've been at it for nearly 10 hours," Kathy Nierenberg said. It s let up a lot. At one point, we were just trying to keep up with it coming in." The home has been flooding on and off for nearly 43 years, since Julie Nierenberg moved into it in 1966. "This is one of the worst ones," Kathy Nierenberg said. "It came up all the way around to the front yard and that has only happened a couple of times." By about noon, the three shop vacuums had sucked most of the water from the basement, except for one back storage room, which still had about a foot of water in it. "It fills in about 30 seconds," Rich Nierenberg said. "Every 30 seconds, we have to stop and dump it down the drain in the basement." While her children and their spouses worked on the home, they said Julie, who's about a month away from turning 90, kept them supplied with ham sandwiches and coffee. Much of the furniture can be dried out and the appliances -- refrigerator, stove and washer and dryer -- all seemed to still be working. "It's amazing how many floods they've made it through ld they just keep going," Kathy Nier d)erg said. But it will take weeks to com- pletely dry the home out and get rid of any damaged items, Rich Niereuberg said. Once that's done, Julie Nierenberg will take them all out for a nice dinner -- the only pay- ment they need, Rich Nierenberg said, smiling. Reporters David Hayes and J.B. Wogan, Editor Kathleen R. Merrill and photogra- pher Greg Farrar contributed to this story. Post your comment at www.issaquah- press.com.