Portions of Seventh Avenue, including the 900 block of South Seventh Avenue, saw flooding from heavy rains, blocked storm drains and/or flooded stormwater ponds on Dec. 21. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Portions of Seventh Avenue, including the 900 block of South Seventh Avenue, saw flooding from heavy rains, blocked storm drains and/or flooded stormwater ponds on Dec. 21. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Sequim experiences flooding

SEQUIM — Portions of Sequim, including Seventh Avenue, experienced flooding like many areas in the region during a intense rainstorm Dec. 21.

The water has since receded.

Sequim Operations Manager Ty Brown said heavy rains followed by snow showers caused “city storm water infrastructure to become saturated over time to the point that certain areas would not take on any more water.”

Ponds formed on Seventh and Fifth avenues along West Washington Street after traveling downhill to the east. A stormwater pond on the north side of the 900 block of West Washington Street flooded and sent water to those intersections, Brown said.

City crews uncovered a blocked overflow pipe to alleviate the flooding, he said.

At about 4 a.m. the following day, city crews also found a flooded property within city limits while spraying de-icer on the 900 block of South Seventh Avenue near McCurdy Road.

Brown said they checked with the homeowner to make sure he was OK before investigating the flooding. They found an irrigation ditch on the southwest side of the property was partially blocked with sticks and leaves, causing water to detour from the ditch line towards the northeast portion of the property and flood it.

Crews removed blockage to send water to the ditch, which was in unincorporated Clallam County limits, Brown said.

City staff previously targeted the southwest corner of the West Washington Street/North Seventh Avenue intersection for stormwater improvements to add more capacity.

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