09 January 2009

Noah's Ark World Tour Comes to Washington

Hey Boss, I Might Be a Bit Late

I was almost late for work today because the road to the highway in Port Orchard was flooded over. What is this, some fucking loser country? Of course, that's small potatoes (Port Orchard, WA being a teeming metropolis of 8,250 souls) compared to the I-5 interstate being flooded between Portland and Seattle for 20 miles. From Seattle P-I:
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen declared a state of emergency Thursday as many Western Washington rivers spewed over their banks at record levels, flooding homes and causing a traffic nightmare on major freeways.

Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said floodwaters over I-5 near are expected to crest at about 10 p.m. Thursday night and it would likely be three more days until Southwest Washington's sole north/south freeway is reopened.
I-90 from the east is also closed too due to flooding, thereby preventing interstate commerce (unless you count Canada to the north). I expect normally modest Puget Sounders to become full-fledged cannibals by the end of the week now that Tofu shipments are halted. But, at least we're not "going over the cliff" like those damn Californians.

14 comments:

subrookie said...

Right now the only way to get to eastern WA short of flying is to drive up into Canada and back down through the Okanagan valley.

I-5 south is closed in Centralia, US Hwy 2 is closed at Stevens Pass, I-90 is closed at Snoqualmie Pass and US Hwy 12 is closed at White Pass. Those are the only 3 passes east out of Seattle.

Either we all evacuate by barge out the straight of juan de fuca or defect to canada!

subrookie said...

Sorry to double post but if you wonder why they close mountain passes in WA. Here's some photos from Snoqualmie Pass WSDOT took:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/3178478348/

LT Nixon said...

Well at least Vancouver, BC is a cool place to be a refugee!

Shea said...

Although I voted for the dude, McCain sucked and still does in every way, I have seen all these online ads, reports, etc, that Obama is the AntiChrist, anyway, to be short on words, What do you think Lt Nixon?

Shea said...

also, got my plane ticket registered today for my return to AD after 2 yrs in IRR, ok, it's not quite 2 yrs in IRR, but almost, and when I get back, my MSO will be done, and, yes, feel kinda stupid, that I am now this old and lower enlisted, LOL, to the govt. What? wasnt one extended tour enough? and 5 yrs? LOL guess not,

Alex said...

Flood water is the only thing on I-5 that has ever gone faster than 30 miles an hour.

LT Nixon said...

Shea,

I'm not religious, and I don't think Obama is an inherently "evil" person, but he might make some very poor policy decisions and have lousy leadership. We'll see what pans out...

Alex,

A very true observation!

LT Nixon said...

Hey Subrookie was this you this morning.

Mezzo SF said...

Maybe you should get some water wings!

Hope things dry up soon...that's not good.

Darren M said...

When I was staioned there, it really didn't rain very much. I got there in July of 2002, and in February I was sitting in Kuwait. I think you guys are making it up.

Ms. Kiyum said...

Oh man, I'm so glad droughts follow me wherever I go. When I got there, everyone was in a panic over the huge drought, and I remember thinking to myself, "Holy fuck. This is what they call a drought in Washington?" Then I wondered how I'd last three years.

brat said...

Vancouver B C is not only cool, it is FRIGGIN freezing..;) I have the pictures to prove it.

But come on over - the Brat Refugee Centre will be glad to open earlier than January 20th for YOU! (Oh, you may have to ski to get here. Just sayin') lol

olgreydog7 said...

I hate floods cause there is always some jackass like you posted, that tries to go through it. Then they get trapped on their car and need rescuing. I say leave them there till the flood waters dry up. Next time they'll think twice.

Interesting off topic rant Shea....

I was often amazed at the poor water runoff infrastructure in WA. You would think that a state that gets rain from October to May every year would have a handle on things like that.

subrookie said...

I don't drive a Taurus Nixon! Besides I don't drive enough to get myself into that situation. I'll stick with the Metro bus for now to get to work.

I'm down with Vancouver, if I'm going to flee the impending flood I might as well be pissed drunk on Sleemans beer.