Ballard Locks dam sees highest water flow ever recorded

Over the past few days, the Ballard Locks dam had the highest water flow ever measured since recordings began in 1946.

Bill Dowell from the US Army Corps of Engineers tells My Ballard that between Feb. 7 to 9, the peak inflow was 15,000 – 16,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). The average is around 13,700 cfs.

Luckily, there are no downstream concerns for the Locks dam — all water flows straight out into the Puget Sound. “At the locks there are no downstream risks, and we were releasing as much water as possible through the spillway,” Dowell said.

The last time there was substantial flow was January 2009, but Dowell says this event appears larger than anything else in the database.

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Paintking
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Paintking

According to the Seattle Times, we “tied a rain record” in January. So just imagine this.

Amphidextrous
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Amphidextrous

Weren’t the rain gardens supposed to change this?

Paintking
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Paintking

LOL. Umm, no. Those were designed to make big city liberals feel better about themselves and that they are part of a grand solution. Much like that lapel pin they wear, informing the world they care MORE than you do about things. Much like the car they drive. All virtue signaling. Even riding that bike to work won’t stop the rains.

Truth
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Truth

What you’ve just posted is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read. At no point in your rambling, incoherent post were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this comment section is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may god have mercy on your soul.

elenchos2
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elenchos2

cis white man posting Billy Madison quote. How original.

SurlyAF
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SurlyAF

Race and gender trolling. How original.

Truth
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Truth

Did…did you just race/gender assume me?

Rich coming from a straight, while incel who tries but fails to be virtue signal troll.

Amphidextrous
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Amphidextrous

Now now, no more bickering.
What was the purpose of the rain gardens, without personal insults?

Truth
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Truth

Rain gardens are meant to provide source pollution treatment and stormwater detention to reduce impacts to Seattle’s combined storm-sewer system. If properly designed and constructed, they work well and have been proven to work.

The Locks are overflowing because of major rain events in the mountains and foothills, causing near record volumes of water in our region’s rivers. Rain gardens have nothing to do with river flooding.

But you already knew that, didn’t you?

Slugman
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Slugman

Paintking has inhaled too many paint fumes. No wonder he is such a rambling babbler of hate. He’s a huffer!

coryclassic
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coryclassic

No drought this year! Yay!

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