Nov 16, 2008

Lake Denny Redux

The rains of November have brought the accustomed floods at 21st & Denny, which persist most of the winter and make it so hard to get around that area on foot.

I've communicated with Councilmember Rasmussen's office and with Jim Mueller in the past, with the hope of getting it fixed. They seemed confident that things would happen.

I reminded them of the issues and they replied:

TO: Linda.Moreno@Seattle.Gov; Tracy.Burrows@Seattle.Gov
This is Ann Corbitt in Councilmember Rasmussen's office. The Councilmember has been communicating with the Miller Park neighborhood folks about the attached message for the last 2-3 years. The issue is a drainage problem that turns into a small lake every fall/winter/spring.

We have communicated with folks in SDOT and SPU about this project numerous times. There seems to be some discrepancy about which department owns this problem and who needs to fix it. I would go straight to the staff we have dealt with before, but my archived emails were lost in an unfortunate computer snafu, so I no longer know who I previously worked with.

That aside, each year that we bring this issue to the attention of SDOT and SPU, nothing happens. Councilmember Rasmussen would really like to see this problem fixed so that we don't deal with this one more year. Councilmember Rasmussen understands that there are likely hundreds of these spots around the city, but these neighbors have been working hard on this for too long and they deserve a resolution to the problem, whatever that may be. Councilmember Rasmussen will leave that up to the experts.

Andrew Taylor, copied here, is the main contact for the neighborhood. Please copy him on any responses so that the Miller Park Neighborhood Association can track the progress of this project. And I would appreciate being kept in the loop as well.

I really appreciate your guidance and expertise on this issue. I look forward to hearing back from the appropriate person in either SDOT or SPU on how we're going to fix this.

Thank you,
Ann Corbitt
Office of Councilmember Rasmussen


You are right - this is an unacceptable drainage situation. We have been so busy with permits and financing (imagine what that is like these days) that I have not had time to deal with this.

You know it is probably about a $2500 fix, so I am not sure why the City has not done it. There just needs to be a trench from the storm drain to the low spot, a new drain grate and pipe and an asphalt patch for now.

I'll check in with them when I get a chance.

Thanks for the reminder.


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