The City of Aberdeen has opened the Emergency Coordination Center in response to today’s rainfall, high tides and localized flooding. As of 2:00 p.m., December 10, 2015, water is receding. Plans are being made for the next cycle of high tides.
The next high time at 1:00 a.m. on Friday, December 11, is not expected to cause many problems. However, the 12:34 p.m. tide on Friday will be worse than what was experienced today. This means local streets near rivers will likely flood. You can expect the following streets to be closed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday:
- Market Street between “B” Street and “F” Street
- “F” Street South of Heron Street
- Kansas Street between Wishkah and Heron
The East Entrance of Aberdeen (Highway 12) also experienced water over the roadway today and could be closed or traffic reduced to one lane for a portion of the time before, during and after high tide midday on Friday.
The City Shops at the west end of Heron Street will open at 6:00 a.m. on Friday for people who want to fill and take sandbags. The City provides the sand and bags, please plan to bring your own shovel and fill your own bag.
If you experienced flooding today, you are likely to experience flooding again on Friday. Possibilities of flooding remain through the weekend at high tides as well. The high tide on Saturday is at 1:13 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:52 p.m. Flooding is possible a couple hours before and after the high tides.
Do not drive through standing or moving water. Many lives are lost due to cars attempting to drive through flooded roads. If you approach a flooded area, Turn Around and look for an alternative or wait until the waters subside.
As always, if you have an emergency please call 911.