WEATHER: If you live near Puget Sound, be ready for possible flooding Saturday

Photo from a Nov. 2011 storm at Three Tree Point courtesy Randy Schmidt.

The potent remnants of Super Typhoon Songda are expected to slam into the region on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 15), and there’s a chance that things could get very bad very quickly as a 12.1 high tide will happen at 4:47 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning, predicting winds between 20–40 MPH with gusts up to 65 MPH(!) – from 3 p.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday.

High winds combined with a high tide – combined with a low pressure surge – could equal flooding on the area’s shorefronts, including the recently re-opened, renovated Redondo Boardwalk.

So if you live near Puget Sound, you may want to get sandbags in place ASAP. King County Flood Control District Chair Reagan Dunn is urging residents living near flood prone areas to take advantage of the county’s FREE sandbag program.

“When properly installed, a sandbag barrier can mean the difference between keeping homes, garages and other structures safe and dry, or suffering thousands of dollars’ worth of damage,” said Steve Bleifuhs, King County River and Floodplain Manager.

Sandbag Distribution Locations: Available to all King County Residents

  • KentCity of Kent, Russell Road Park between Russell Rd and S 240th St Kent, NE corner of parking lot, Sandbags and sand are currently available. Self-service. Bring your own shovel.
  • RentonKing County Roads Facility155 Monroe Ave NE, Renton, Open 24/7 Self-service, limited to 25 sandbag per vehicle.
  • SeattleDelridge Community Center4501 Delridge Way SW, SeattleSouth Park Neighborhood731 S Sullivan SeattleHelene Madison Pool13401 Meridian N Seattle, Meadowbrook Community Center10517 35th Ave NE Seattle, Currently unavailable at Delridge Community Center. Currently available at other locations. Limited to 25 sandbags per address.

Courtesy Three Tree Point residents the Haighs comes this video shot during Friday’s first storm:

A big storm in 2010 ended up destroying the Three Tree Point home of Dane Johnson and Kathy Justin on Nov. 23, 2010 – read about their ordeal here.

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