Combination of rain and leaves creates big mess

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 31 at 5:27 PM

SEATTLE – After a record-breaking day of rain on Tuesday and more heavy showers on Wednesday, Seattle public utility crews were out in force, around the clock, unclogging the city’s drains. 

According to Seattle Public Utilities, 120 calls came in during a 24-hour period.  In 80 percent of those cases, a crew was dispatched to find out what’s going on.
   
By rush hour Wednesday evening, all but 25 of those cases were resolved and some crews planned to stay on the job until 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. to wrap up work as the storms dissipate.
   
Seattle’s not alone, in Mukilteo a clogged drain outside of a condominium complex forced water into apartments. 
In Edmonds, a plume of water eroded the roadbed under railroad tracks.  In Kirkland, runoff from a construction site fouled a frontage road along 520.

The National Weather Service reports two to four inches of rain fell in a 24 hours along the south and southwest facing slopes of the Olympic Mountains. Another inch was expected Wednesday night.

A flood warning continues for the Skokomish River near Potlatch affecting Mason County.

Showers should taper off on Thursday morning, and some sunbreaks or partial clearing will be possible in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid to upper 50's.

We should see partly sunny skies to start on Friday, but the clouds will thicken late in the day and we could see a chance of rain late Friday.

KING 5's Glenn Farley and Susan Wyatt contributed to this report.

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