Snow, Extreme Cold & Serious Winds Have Major Impact On Burien Area (2010)
The combination of Monday’s snow followed by extremely low temps (our thermometer showed a low of 20 F overnight) with the knockout punch of some serious winds had a major impact on the Burien area, damaging waterfront homes, closing schools, plunging residents into darkness and much more.
(People like to name major storms, and since it started on Nov. 22nd, we’re proposing we call it the JFK Assassination Anniversary Storm. Others have tagged it snOMG. We’ll let you decide.)
We know there are many other problems in the area (email us pics and/or a blurb if you know of any), but here are some of the things we noticed:
- The combination of the wind and high tides took a major toll on waterfront homes on the north beaches of Three Tree Point. BTB Reader Kumi sent us this email:
I live on the water and this is the worst storm damage since 1990. We are talking about failed bulkheads, massive erosion, and debris everywhere. My neighbors 100-foot long seawall is leaning over, sewer pipes broken open, and the waves are still pounding away. Besides the inflated property taxes there is always an extra price to pay living on the front lines of nature. A neighbor friend of ours down the beach just had their windows professionally cleaned a few days ago, now they look like they are covered in sea snot. Got to love mother nature.
- Three Tree Point residents Dane Johnson and Kathy Justin, known for spearheading the Burien Interim Art Space project and more (read about them here), had their house red-tagged due to the storm. Tuesday morning several friends, neighbors and strangers who read our call for help showed up to help haul their valuables out of the house, which is leaning towards the water (see Scott Schaefer’s pics below).
- Highline School District closed all their schools Tuesday, after first announcing a two-hour delay late Monday afternoon.
- Power went out in various parts of B-Town, with a major outage in the Three Tree Point neighborhood. At the satellite home office of the blog, we lost power just after 6pm Monday night, and didn’t get it back until around 8am Tuesday morning. This meant a night of burning firewood we so wisely bought last week, warm layers, lots of cuddling with the kids, and re-awakenings to re-stoke the fire. All in all we survived interior temps that dropped to 50 (we’re in an older house), and were ever-so-thankful when the lights went back on.
- Highline Community College closed its campus as well Tuesday.
- Metro Transit released a statement “urging people to stay home and off the roads if at all possible. Road conditions are dangerously icy, and abandoned vehicles still block roadways. About 14 Metro bus routes have been canceled this morning due to the travel conditions.” Just before Noon Tuesday they released this statement (more info here):
Route 121 and 131 are not operating on 1 Av S between SW 156 St & Marine View Dr in both directions. Use stops along Des Moines Memorial Dr or 8 Av S. Routes 121 & 131 are instead continuing eastbound on S 156 St, southbound on Des Moines Memorial Dr, southbound on 8 Av S. eastbound on S 200 St, southbound on Desmoines Way Dr to its regular snow route – Same route in reverse direction. This is in addition to other reroutes that these two routes are on. Metro encourages anyone who can to avoid travel on Tuesday until conditions improve and jurisdictions can clear streets. Thank you for your patience and for using Metro’s services. Travel safely.
- The Weather Service is predicting an overnight low of just 14 degrees Tuesday night. This is two degrees lower than the all-time record for the day of 16, set in 1985. The lowest recorded temperature on any date in Seattle was 0 degrees, on January 30, 1951.
Here are some pics of the storm damage that we’ve managed to find so far (again, email us yours if you have any):
Photos by Scott Schaefer