By Heather Chadwick, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Public Information and Education Officer.
Snohomish County Fire District 7 responded to 301 calls from November 7th to November 15th, 2017, with 56 of the calls being in Mill Creek.
- Fire Related: 4
- Medical Aid: 178
- Motor Vehicle Collisions: 19
- Service Calls: 100*
- Total = 301
* Fire District 7 responded to 22 powerline down calls due to the recent storms. *
At 3:22 p.m. Fire District 7 was dispatched to fire in a chicken coop fire with possible extension to another building at the 15100 block of 180th Avenue SE in Monroe. When firefighters arrived on scene they found that the chicken coop was fully involved. Crews quickly pulled an attack line and were able to extinguish the fire and protect the adjacent structure. Snohomish County Fire Marshal arrived to investigate the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.
At 3:06 p.m. Fire District 7 was dispatched to a report of a tree that fell into a house at the 8400 block of 188th Street SE near Clearview. When firefighters arrived on scene they found a very large tree that had fallen on a house causing significant damage to the home, damaging powerlines and completely blocking 188th Street SE. Personnel attempted to enter the house to ensure no one was injured. The homeowner arrived on scene and the crew helped her retrieve two dogs from the house. Neither dog was injured. PUD arrived on scene to secure the tree and powerlines. Power was out in the neighborhood. No injuries were reported.
At 9:52 a.m. Fire District 7 was dispatched to a service call with a report of a river of water flowing down the roadway at the 1300 block of 137th Street SE in Mill Creek. When crews arrived, they found a large amount of water flowing from a wetland area near Jackson High School. The flooding closed 136th St SE in between SR 527 and Jackson High School. Fire District 7 personnel were able to lay a charged hose line across 137th St SE redirecting the flow of the water from continuing to flood the cul-de-sac neighborhood. Crews from the Silver Lake Water District, Snohomish County Public Works, Fire District 7, and Mill Creek Public Works, worked to pump water off of the roadways into the storm water system.
It was later discovered that the flooding was caused when two trees snapped in the wetland area falling on and breaking a beaver dam. The roadways were able to be opened at 7:30 p.m.. No injuries were reported.
We have experienced a few storms already this fall season which brought excessive rain and leaving power lines damaged. Is your family prepared for extended time without power?
Just as Fire District 7 encourages families to have home fire escape plans, create a family emergency plan for severe weather. Plan ahead. Visit www.ready.gov for information on getting your family prepared for sever weather events.