Fir Meadows and Oxbow flooding in Pioneer Valley

By Marianne Lincoln Flooding continues to plague the Pioneer Valley area in Spanaway/Frederickson. Fir Meadows, which was built in 1968, has closed roads and swift water flowing in from the flooded playfield near the railroad tracks on Knoble Road. Electric vaults are underwater, yet people are still driving through the closed signs and even wading…

OK Highway Floods at Thrift

By Marianne Lincoln   UPDATE 3/21/17: The OK Highway is still closed. Crews were working on a big hole in the ground, so they most have gotten the pole removed and are repairing the pipes. Vactor trucks are still removing material around the drainage pipe. — THRIFT, WA — Since Friday March 17, the Orting-Kapowsin…

Pioneer Valley Oxbow flooding

By Marianne Lincoln FREDERICKSON, WA — Near Liberty Middle School and Pioneer Valley Elementary School there is a wetland that crosses under 204th Street and under Eustis Hunt Road. This area, called an oxbow has a rising water table when the groundwater reserve is full. The heavy rains we have had this winter, combined with…

Danger, thin ice

By Marianne Lincoln On my short tour of Spanaway Lake this morning, there was fog, rain, thinning ice, ducks out of water and a very quiet park. Large cracks were very visible and the park posted a very large warning sign to stay off the ice. Neighbors had been posting photos on social media of people…

Frozen Lake Tour

Starting with a bird filled pond just off the Orting-Kapowsin Highway on 252nd Street to Lake Kapowsin, Ohop Lake and Clear Lake, there’s still a lot of ice out there. That ice is now starting to melt and we decided to share before it does. Clear Lake was the hold out. Apparently, it has a considerable flow of fresh…

SNOW! Winter Storm Warning

Pierce County Emergency Management –  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Cascades of Pierce County until 12 p.m. Sunday. Up to two feet of new snow is expected by Sunday afternoon. Snow levels near 3500 feet this evening falling to below 2500 feet late tonight and below 1500 feet…

High winds Thursday & Saturday

From Pierce County Emergency Management: The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch which is in effect from 6pm Thursday evening, October 13, 2016 through the early hours of Friday morning, October 14, 2016. The high winds are anticipated to be 20-35 MPH with gusts from 45-55 MPH. The strong winds could break…

Excessive Heat Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for hot weather for parts of the Puget Sound area. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s to mid 90s this Thursday through Saturday. The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management reminds everyone to stay out of the heat as much as they…

Weekend weather warning – April 11

From Pierce County Emergency Management: A strong cold front will sweep across western Washington tonight. In addition to creating gusty winds, this front will usher in a colder air mass. Snow levels will be in the 2000 to 2500 foot range during the day Saturday. This means that the heavier showers or any thunderstorms that…

Heat advisory prompts county-wide outdoor burn ban

The Pierce County Fire Marshal has declared an immediate county-wide burn ban. Weather forecasts calling for continued dry heat prompted the limited ban, which was issued jointly with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The indefinite ban applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in…