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State, county work to prevent Green River flood pollution from Kent auto-wrecking yard

  • Jan 20, 2010 at 5:00PM

The Washington State Department of Ecology and King County are taking proactive steps to help prevent toxic material from escaping the site of an old Kent auto-wrecking yard in the event of Green River flooding.

With the former site of Japanese Auto Wrecking at South 262nd Street just 50 yards from the river, the agencies are spending roughly $83,000 to prevent the spread of pollutants from heavily contaminated materials to surrounding properties that include agricultural lands, according to a Jan. 13 King County Department of Natural Resources media release.

The money funded installation of a barrier of “super sacks,” provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, between the wrecking yard and adjacent agricultural lands, along with a pollutant absorbing “boom” adjacent the barrier. Construction of the barrier was completed in November.

Mudslide closes westbound state Route 18 in Auburn into next week | slide show

  • Jan 15, 2010 at 5:52PM

The westbound lanes of state Route 18 will remain closed until at least Wednesday, Jan. 20, after a second slide brought down approximately 1,500 cubic yards of mud, rocks and debris across all westbound lanes of the highway Thursday evening, Jan. 14.

Kent Reporter

State legislators Keiser, Orwall, vow to lead flood insurance fight

  • Jan 7, 2010 at 10:39AM

The threat of flooding may have dropped throughout the Green River Valley, but the risk, though diminished, still remains and South Sound legislators are leading a charge to create a "Joint Underwriting Association" to guarantee local businesses can get insurance.

Kent Reporter

Red Cross kitchen can feed thousands if Green River floods this winter

  • Dec 16, 2009 at 6:45PM

The American Red Cross can feed thousands of residents this winter if Green River flooding causes large evacuations in Kent, Auburn, Renton or Tukwila.

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