Sorry, kids: The closing Tuesday of Everett High School due to flooding in the city only lasted a day.
“Classes resume tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 11! Regular schedule,” the school posted Tuesday on its website.
So much rain fell in Everett on Monday that, besides the school, two streets were closed temporarily and one man took to his kayak for a trip down the road.
“Five of the seven buildings on campus suffered at least some damage in the lower levels of the buildings,” said Linda Carbajal, spokeswoman for the school district. “In the gymnasium building we were very fortunate the wood gym floors did not get wet or suffer damage, although the areas in that building that were affected included locker rooms, weight room, storage rooms and hallways.”
She said that the music rooms, first-level classrooms, part of the little theater, plus the stage in the Performing Arts Center also were flooded.
Carbajal said staff custodians worked through the night Monday to clean up the mess.
Bobby Thompson, the school basketball coach, said he went to the gym Monday night to check on the flooding. “I had boots on. There was probably an inch of water everywhere, 1 ½ inches in the locker room,” he said.
Water was so deep at the intersection of 16th Street and McDougall Avenue and in the 1800 block of West Marine View Drive that both areas closed for a time, according to the City of Everett.
The National Weather Service in Seattle reported that more than 2 inches of rain had fallen in Maltby, near Everett, by 7:30 p.m. Monday.
“We’ve had some reports of heavy rain around Everett this evening,” the weather service said on Twitter. “Radar indicates in excess of an inch has fallen on the north side of the city in the past hour. If you’re in the region or headed that way, use extra caution.”
Jaden Bigelow, an 18-year-old who was in a kayak on Everett’s flooded streets, told KOMO News he was relishing the ride. “I’m enjoying it; I’ll say that,” he told the station.
The city’s Public Works Department told KOMO that more rain fell in Everett on Monday than the city’s system had the capacity to manage.
Ted Buehner, the meteorologist for North Sound Radio and a retired National Weather Service meteorologist, said this year is a “neutral” year as opposed to being either a La Niña or El Niño year. Historically, neutral years have been when the most flooding events and the most severe wind events occur, he said in a recent interview with The Seattle Times.
Here are some tips for how to prepare for flooding or what to do when it occurs:
Before a flood
- Assemble a disaster-supply kit.
- Make sure everyone in your household knows emergency phone numbers and when to call them.
- Learn evacuation routes and emergency-shelter locations.
- Make arrangements for housing, should you need to evacuate.
- Designate meeting places and phone numbers to use in case family members are separated.
- Teach all family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity and water lines.
If a flood is imminent
- Store valuables and electronics higher up — close to the ceiling, or on the second story or in your attic if you have one.
- Ensure underground storage tanks are sealed and secure.
- Learn how to use sandbags and where you can get them.
- Keep storm drains free of leaves and other debris.
During and after a flood
- Don’t drive or walk into flooded areas and avoid contact with floodwater.
- Safely turn off electricity to the flooded area.
- Stop using plumbing that drains to the sewer system.
- If you have been exposed to floodwater or wastewater, change clothing and shoes and wash affected skin.
- Evacuate damaged buildings.
- Help neighbors, especially anyone who is elderly or has a disability.
- Monitor the radio for instructions or notifications of shelters and medical aid stations.