the man accused of yesterday’s quadruple murder.
King County is preparing for the possibility that there may be serious flooding this winter.
If you live in the Green River Valley, you really, really don’t need me to tell you this because you’ve been hearing about it for a while. Still, it’s important that you don’t just tune these messages out – floods can be devastating.
King County’s Flood Preparation page has good advice for you. Flood preparation materials are available in seven other languages in addition to English and the site has a lot of useful information, including a list of sandbag distribution sites. (Note to residents of other flood-prone regions of the county – be sure to check for your jurisdiction on the list, too.)
The county also has a Flood Warning Page you can check for updated flood infomration, including real time river gage readings . You can check river levels at the automated King County Flood Information Line at 206-296-8200 or 800-945-9263. Twitter fans can sign up for alerts at twitter.com/kcalerts. And should a flood actually arise, the King County Flood Warning Center will be staffed 24 hours a day during the flood to provide information at 206-296-4535 or 800-768-7932.
Seattle Police officer Timothy Brenton was murdered Halloween night when an unknown assailant pulled up next to his parked patrol car and shot him.
A flag was raised over the Space Needle this morning to recognize his loss and the city is hosting a public memorial tomorrow at 1 pm at Key Arena at the Seattle Center. Doors will open at 11 am.
Prior to the memorial service, there will be a memorial procession departing at 9 am from the E-1 parking lot at UW, just north of Husky Stadium, travelling South on Montlake Boulevard NE to 24th Avenue E, South on 24th Avenue E to 23rd Avenue Em South on 23rd Avenue E to E Madison Street, West on E Madison Street to E Pine Street, West on E Pine Street to Broadway Avenuem North on Broadway Avenue to E Denny Way, -West on E Denny Way to 1st Avenue N, and North on 1st Avenue N to Mercer Street where the Key Arena is located. SDOT has prepared a map of the procession, available here.
There will be about 1,000 to 1,500 vehicles participating in this procession, causing huge delays along the route. Drivers, be prepared in advance for long waits and try to find alternate routes where you can. Parking will be prohibited along the procession route while it is taking place and 1st Ave N between Denny and Mercer, and Mercer between 1st and 5th. Bus riders take note that you’ll have significant delays and reroutes as well. Metro is working on preparing a notice for bus riders that should be up later today at their site.
There were two more fires in Greenwood early this morning, making a total of five unsolved arsons in the area over the past few months.
The PhinneyWood bloggers were on the scene of the first fire when the fire crew got a call about the second, three blocks away. The CPA office was burned, as was Rosewood Guitar Shop.
It’s been a blessing that so far no one’s been hurt, just property (which is more than bad enough already), but these fires are scary, threatening and harmful. The P-I’s Seattle 911 blog reports that the NW Insurance Council and Arson Alarm Foundation are offering a $10,000 reward for information to help solve the October 23rd arson that caused $2 million in damage to the Green Bean Coffee House, Szechuan Bistro, C.C. Teriyaki and Pho Tic Tac restaurants. If it takes money for you to do the right thing, so be it, but if you have any information that could help investigators catch this jerkface, please call the Arson Hotline at 800-55-ARSON. If you’re worried about your own safety, you can stay anonymous.
You’ve noticed by now that this H1N1 virus is a big deal since it gets covered so often in the news you’d think it was Paris Hilton’s new purse dog or something.
H1N1, or the “Swine Flu”, as some people call it, is getting so much attention for a number of reasons and they’re not all about inciting unnecessary panic. One of them is this: when the regular seasonal flu causes fatalities, it’s mostly among the very old, the very young and the already very ill, people who automatically carry a higher rate of mortality. Of course these people are also at elevated risk from H1N1, too, (although it may be worth noting that people 65 and older have the least risk of dying from H1N1) but H1N1 seems to have a thing for young people. The CDC has concluded that at the present H1N1 has caused a greater disease burden in people younger than 25. This is pretty unusual.
There’s really no reason yet to panic over H1N1; while it really sucks to get it, the majority of people will suffer for a while and then get better. Mind you, it’s always better to avoid getting it in the first place. The best way to do that is to follow all the usual illness prevention tips: wash your hands frequently with soap and water and if you don’t have soap and water available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. This is really hard to do, but totally worth it as keeping your hands away from your face makes a huge difference in cutting down on the spread of germs. Don’t treat them like pariahs, for goodness sake, but try to avoid being too close to people who are already sick. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash, not your pocket, when you’re done. If you don’t have a tissue on hand when you cough or sneeze, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve unless you can somehow manage to get right to a sink immediately afterwards without touching anything.
A vaccine exists for H1N1. In King County, over 400 health care providers have requested the vaccine, almost all of whom got a supply in before October 30. Another 67, 000 doses are on their way, expected to be here by November 6. The county will distribute these vaccines to health care providers and also to pharmacies for the sake of people who don’t have a medical home or who have a provider who isn’t signed up for the H1N1 vaccine.
A vaccine also exists for the regular old-fashioned seasonal flu, too, which is no less of a potential killer (although, again, most people who get it will only be miserable for a while and then get better. It’s still not worth taking a chance on.) so be sure to talk to your health care provider about that. A bunch of local businesses also offer seasonal flu shots–signs are up at Bartell’s and other drug stores and pharmacies–as well.
For more information on either H1N1 or the seasonal flu, you can visit the Seattle and King County Public Health webpage or call the King County Flu Hotline at 877-903-KING (5464) Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.
In the ongoing severed feet saga to our north, a seventh foot has washed up in British Columbia, according to the Vancouver Sun (#). Of the seven feet (over half a soccer team, as Wesa pointed out), only one has been postively identified, though a couple of the feet have been matched.
To date, none of the feet appear to show signs of foul play… most have just naturally separated from the bodies and floated to the beaches because of the buoyancy of the shoes’ material. Nothing like a decomposed foot to set the right tone for Halloween, huh?
If you don’t already read Seattle Transportation Watch, you really should. It’s a great resource for keeping up to date on traffic concerns in Seattle. From it I’ve learned that WSDOT has released a video, available on its website and on You Tube that depicts what would happen to the Alaskan Way Viaduct in the event of another earthquake like the Nisqually only just a hair more severe.
If you’re like me and already find the viaduct creepy, this video won’t do anything to discourage that feeling, but it’s definitely interesting and worth a look.
2006 Snoqualmie flooding by T Sayles
The King County Flood Warning Center opened this morning at 8:30 am to keep an eye on rising flows in on the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers due to heavy rainful.
Per the County’s press release, at 9 am the sum of the forks of the Snoqualmie River was 13,428 cubic feet per second (cfs), which is above the threshold for a Phase II flood alert level. This means that minor flooding might affect the agricultural areas in the Snoqualmie Valley.
The Tolt River was flowing at 2,920 cfs at 9 a.m., which is a Phase II flood alert level. Some slight flooding could happen in low-lying areas along the Tolt River.
Flood warning staff monitor the river levels until threat of flooding has passed: for real time river levels, check out their flood page.
This morning I planned to make a post telling you that one of the best ways you could spend this dreary weathered weekend was by heading to the Taproot Theater for the final weekend of their charming production of Enchanted April, a play in which they yet again do magic by transforming a simple stage into a sun-soaked Italian castle.
And then I got a notice from the theater that they’re looking for an alternate venue to stage these shows. A fire struck Greenwood early this morning and due to related damaged, they can’t use their own stage this weekend. Local theaters and troupes: contact the theater if you have a venue available for their use.
**Edit: The Seattle Children’s Theater has generously offered to host the final performances of Enchanted April. Tonight’s show has been cancelled, but Saturday’s shows will take place at SCT at 2 and 4 pm. Taproot will be calling patrons to let them know about the change, so if you’ve already got tickets, no worries – they’ll work things out with you. There will be a limited number of new seats available at the box office, cash or check only, and I highly recommend heading down to the Center and checking it out if you can. Enchanted April has been yet another of Taproot’s successes in transporting audiences out of their own worlds and into another; it’s well acted, well staged and thoroughly enjoyable.
Per the reports at KING 5 and Phinneywood (the local blog that does an excellent job of covering Phinney Ridge and Greenwood), one hundred Seattle firefighters were sent out to battle the massive blaze which began early this morning at 208 N. 85th St, at either Pho Tic Tac or the Green Bean Coffeehouse. Both businesses were destroyed, as were Szechuan Bistro and C.C. Teriyaki.
A dozen apartments were evacuated and firefighters managed to rescue the cats in the PAWS Cat City Adoption Center.
Cause of the fire is as yet unknown.
For continuing coverage, head over to Phinneywood.
Condolences to everyone affected by the fire.