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Water rising over 35th Avenue SE, motorists should seek alternate routes

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Water rising over 35th Avenue in Mill Creek. Photo courtesy of the City of Mill Creek.
Water rising over 35th Avenue in Mill Creek. Photo courtesy of the City of Mill Creek.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

November 27, 2017, update.

According to the latest tweet from the City of Mill Creek, the southbound lane on 35th Avenue SE remains flooded between 141st and 144th.

At this time, the city has opened the road, but the speed has been reduced to 10 mph and the center lane is being used for southbound traffic.

When possible, motorists should seek other routes of travel.

11:00 am update.

The City of Mill Creek tweeted that they will be closing 35th Avenue SE at noon on Thanksgiving Day due to flooding.

The tweet said, “The road will close at noon between 144th Street SE and 141st Street SE. Use Seattle Hill Road and 132nd Street SE as a detour route.”

Original November 23, 2017, 10:30 am, article.

The City of Mill Creek tweeted the following at about 9:00 am on Thanksgiving morning:

“Water is over all lanes of 35th Avenue in Mill Creek.

South bound traffic is now detoured to the center lane; north bound traffic remains in its own lane.

There is now a mandatory speed limit reduction to 10 mph, which will be enforced.

The roadway may close imminently because water continues to rise.

Please seek alternate routes.”

This flooding event happens often during November’s seasonal heavy rains. Last November the road was also closed due to flooding.

City of Mill Creek officials have both long-term and short-term plans for dealing with the ongoing problems caused when Penny Creek floods over 35th Avenue SE at Thomas Lake.

The city plans to rebuild the road next year so that the rising water doesn’t cover the roadway.

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