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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

So Long Kent?

Posted by on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 9:49 AM

This sounds ominous.


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Cato the Younger Younger 1
We can only hope, we can only hope.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on June 24, 2009 at 9:54 AM · Report this
Baconcat 2
Good thing we didn't pave over the valley when we built that dam, otherwise there'd be nothing to hold back any gush of water!

Yay, thank you, trees, earth and farmland!
Posted by Baconcat on June 24, 2009 at 9:55 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 3
Those older homes in downtown Auburn that have 2-4 ft retaining walls suddenly became much more valuable!

Screw Kent.
Posted by Sir Vic on June 24, 2009 at 10:14 AM · Report this
Fnarf 4
I was always wondering how the Kent Valley got that way.
Posted by Fnarf on June 24, 2009 at 10:15 AM · Report this
Collin 5
Quick! Some one evacuate Caveman Chicken ASAP!
Posted by Collin on June 24, 2009 at 10:17 AM · Report this
Fnarf 6
Oh, IKEA, we hardly knew ye.
Posted by Fnarf on June 24, 2009 at 10:39 AM · Report this
rob! 7
2-4 ft. retaining walls, good luck with that. Anyone who remembers the pix of the Teton Dam collapse in Idaho in 1976 will want to ask pointed questions, to say the least.
Posted by rob! on June 24, 2009 at 10:48 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 8
go for it, nature!
Posted by Max Solomon on June 24, 2009 at 10:57 AM · Report this
rob! 9
From the Wikipedia article on the 1976 Teton Dam disaster:

"Test boreholes, drilled by Bureau engineers and geologists, showed that one side of the canyon was highly fissured, a condition unlikely to be remediated by the Bureau's favoured method of 'grouting' (injecting concrete into the substrates under high pressure)."

The Seattle Times on Hanson Dam:

"By November the Corps will install a 'grout curtain' to reduce seepage, and will drill more vertical and horizontal drains."
Posted by rob! on June 24, 2009 at 11:00 AM · Report this
Renton Mike 10
I always thought Mt. Rainier would wipe the valley out, that's why I bought a house on the hill (possibly the only useful thing I learned going to church, well that and church goers tend to be cliquish, but I digress).

@6 I'm more worried about Fry's Electronics and to a lesser extent, Wizards of the Coast.
Posted by Renton Mike on June 24, 2009 at 11:19 AM · Report this
Andy_Squirrel 11
My business (and job) will be wiped out if this dam is breached. We are literally right on the Green River. We are all a bit worried here.
Posted by Andy_Squirrel on June 24, 2009 at 11:42 AM · Report this
Kent and the valley are where immigrants get a toe-hold on the Seattle area. Kent Schools provide education to kids from so many different cultures - speaking dozens and dozens of different languages. A natural disaster here would harm people in the least position to recover from it. Ominous, indeed.
Posted by MyDogBen on June 24, 2009 at 11:57 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 13
@7. Check out the "lay of the land" in the Green River Valley. Those retaining walls were built when the region flooded regularly. It's a wide valley: it can handle a lot of water.

Now if the dam breaks all at once, then there will be a rush, but we're not talking about a massive flood like the Teton. The concern is more about seasonal flooding if the dam is reduced.

Still, screw Kent.
Posted by Sir Vic on June 24, 2009 at 12:09 PM · Report this
The Amazing Jim 14
Dam issues + Army Corp of Engineers (remember New Orleans / levies) + A big El Nino this winter = Get a boat!
Posted by The Amazing Jim on June 24, 2009 at 12:31 PM · Report this

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