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Cedar River Crested, Renton Bridges and Roads Open

January 8, 2009

For more information contact:

Debra Needham, Emergency Management Director, 425-430-7027
Kelley Balcomb-Bartok, Communication Specialist, 425-430-6522

RENTON -- A rain-swollen Cedar River kept Renton City crews busy as water crested mid-morning Thursday at over 11,000 cubic feet per second, rushing through the middle of downtown Renton. At 11:15 a.m. Thursday the Cedar River reached a volume of 11,200 cubic feet per second, but by 1 p.m. the river volume had dropped to 10,400 cubic feet per second and is expected to continue to recede.

Through the night Wednesday and into the early morning hours of Thursday crews pumped water away from low-lying city facilities, stacked hundreds of sandbags and filled a massive water bladder to hold back the river at Carco Theatre. The city has closed several walkways along the shores of the river, and a few city parks due to minor flooding, but all city streets are open throughout the city.

City closures include the Cedar River Trail in both directions from Logan Avenue to Ron Regis Park. Ron Regis Park is also closed. The Riverview pedestrian bridge is closed as well as the pedestrian bridge at Cedar River Park (under I-405).  Holes four through seven are closed at the Maplewood Golf Course but the back nine are open for play. Other closures include the Springbrook Creek trail between Oakesdale Avenue and the Black River Riparian Forest.  The remainder of trail is open.

All city streets are open except for one northbound lane of the Maple Valley Hwy (SR169) between 135th Ave SE and 140th Way SE. which is closed due to bridge damage, and one northbound lane of the Logan Avenue Bridge and walkway, which are closed until the river recedes. The city also temporarily closed the Williams Avenue Bridge in downtown Renton late Thursday to remove debris lodged under the bridge.

City facilities near the Cedar River that are not being impacted include the Library and the Senior Center, which are both open for regular hours of operations.