Friday, November 7, 2008

Flood watch, day 2...

The National Weather service is still reporting a flood warning and watch in effect for much of Northwest Washington. Looks like another 6 inches of rain is expected to fall in the Olympics.

Several of us in the communications office were on call last night and were relieved to have a relatively quiet night until the morning commute. The roadways have been rough this morning in the Seattle area. There was also a gas line rupture in Gorst affecting SR 16 and a couple of different road closures in Thurston county. You can keep up with these events as they happen by checking out our Travel Alerts page or even calling 511.

Passes look ok right now. It's warm enough that only rain is falling but watch out for standing water. That being said, mountain passes are still mountain passes and you just never know what to expect when driving over them, so be prepared if you plan to travel that way this weekend.

We were very excited this morning to find out that more than 100,000 of you visited our Web site yesterday: wsdot.wa.gov. What was most exciting to us was that the site didn't go down, and we didn't hear of any pages running slowly when trying to access content. Please let us know if it was slow for you. We spent a lot of time this summer trying to make it run more efficiently and yesterday was one of the first tests, so far so good.

Have a safe weekend, hope you can stay dry.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not about the flood but,for safety. Why dosen't Washington require headlights be on while using your wipers? Sone states do, and it makes driving a lot safer to see on comming cars, and cars behind you with all the spray from your tires in the rain ?