The Washington Times-Herald

December 22, 2013

Flash flooding damages Eastside Park

By Nate Smith
Times Herald

---- — A sizeable portion of Washington's Eastside Park is underwater Sunday after a deluge of water over the weekend.

The effects of 5 inches of rain, combined with the melt from a recent snowstorm, has left many areas and streets around the park underwater.

No homes have been flooded as of 3 p.m., but waters are coming close to houses in a nearby trailer court, Washington Mayor Joe Wellman said.

"In the 30 years I've been here, I've never seen the water this high," Wellman said.

While water has gone down in some areas around the park, water is rising in other areas, Wellman said.

"It is a concern," Wellman said.

Wellman was at the park Sunday afternoon, talking with residents at Trail Breeze Kourt. He reported although there is flood water underneath a few trailers on the southwest side of the park, residents see no flood waters inside their homes.

Saturday, city police said portions of Main, Walnut and E. Van Trees streets were flooded, along with Lakeview and Glenwood drives and Bedford Road.

Flood waters have receded some since approximately 5 inches of rain was dumped on the area Saturday, prompting flash flood warnings for most of the day. Although an accurate closing was not readily available, it is believed most of the closed roads center around Eastside Park.

It is not yet known the extent of the damage to Eastside Park and its celebrated Christmas light display. A parks department employee said many of the lights were on Saturday night during the flooding.

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