Heavy rains flood Celebration Plaza in Federal Way. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Martin

Heavy rains flood Celebration Plaza in Federal Way. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Martin

Flash floods hit Federal Way

Flooding on Wednesday evening led to several road closures along Pacific Highway; roads now reopened.

Flash floods due to heavy rainfall in Federal Way Wednesday evening led to several downtown road closures.

“We experienced very heavy rains for several minutes and our storm water system is clearly being challenged,” South King Fire tweeted around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The department received reports of a couple of feet of water on parts of South 320th Street, they stated.

Federal Way police closed down a section of Pacific Highway South between South 320th Street and South 324th Street due to flooding, said Commander Kurt Schwan.

Crews are currently clearing storm drains and roads are open once again, SKFR wrote.

Federal Way resident Jennifer Martin said she was surprised to see the northbound flooding as she was traveling from South 348th Place to Pacific Highway Wednesday evening.

Martin posted a photo of the flooding in Celebration Plaza to a Federal Way community Facebook page, which shows wave-like rapids in a parking lot.

“…You could see where the water was coming up out of the manhole, and the cover was clearly off,” she told the Mirror. “Southbound [flooding] was definitely higher with people continuing to go through.”

The problem with traffic, she said, is it’s hard to see too far ahead when there are that many cars.

“I was glad to see police arriving on scene and shutting that area down,” she added.

Photo courtesy of South King Fire and Rescue

Photo courtesy of South King Fire and Rescue

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