Local NewsPhotography Cleanup time at the Ballard Locks Originally published March 13, 2019 at 6:03 pmUpdated March 13, 2019 at 6:07 pm A “bobcat” truck is lowered into the small locks Wednesday at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, where it will be used during the yearly maintenance by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. All of the water is drained and the locks are totally cleaned once a year. The larger locks are cleaned in November. Cleaning takes two weeks and the small locks will be opened next week. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times) Share story By Ellen Banner More Local News Stories Local pharmacists step up in COVID-19 vaccination effort March 8, 2021 Hungary closes stores, schools to curb surge due to variants March 8, 2021 Syrian president, wife test positive for coronavirus March 8, 2021 Are Americans waiting for coronavirus vaccines before traveling? March 8, 2021 More Photo Galleries Snow — and more snow — on Snoqualmie Pass Seattle swamped with snowy scenes on Saturday Snowy scenes from the Seattle area Ellen Banner: email@example.com.