‘We were very lucky no one died’: What caused the flood at West Point

The flood on Feb. 9 at the West Point Treatment Plant was unprecedented, both in the damage to the facility and the amount of untreated wastewater released to Puget Sound, on Feb. 9, 15 and 16 totaling 235 million gallons, including 30 million gallons of raw sewage. (Courtesy of King County Wastewater Treatment Division)
The flood on Feb. 9 at the West Point Treatment Plant was unprecedented, both in the damage to the facility and the amount of untreated wastewater released to Puget Sound. (Courtesy of King County Wastewater Treatment Division)

It was a disaster years in the making. A cascade of errors led to catastrophe at King County's workhorse wastewater plant. Sheer luck spared workers’ lives.

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