News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood

 

It’s (wet, windy, wonderful) Halloween!

October 31st, 2015 by Mike

The good news: As of 8:30 a.m. there are no power outages in Seattle, according to Seattle City Light.

The bad news, from Cliff Mass:

Total daily rainfall this morning at Maple Leaf Life South: 0.73 inches. Wind to 27 mph at 7 this morning.

Halloween forecast: wind gusts to 37 mph, 100 percent chance of up to another three/quarter inch of rain.

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A broken power pole, a prowled car

December 13th, 2014 by Mike

The morning after. Good work, Seattle City Light.

Some work remains to be done.

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4 p.m.: Multiple Seattle City Light crews on scene. Say they will be able to replace the pole without turning off power. !!

A Seattle Police officer photographs the roped-off intersection.

Two things this afternoon:

1) Shortly after noon a CleanScapes recycling truck struck a utility pole at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street, breaking the pole at its base and again toward its top.

Seattle City Light is on the way. Neighbors (including Maple Leaf Life South) may well have their power/landline/cable interrupted as the pole will have to be replaced.

2) Eric emails:

On 12/11 my car got broken into in front of my house at Northeast  91st Street and 15th. Avenue Northeast.

They stole my prescription sunglasses and spare change.¬† The glasses will be discarded as soon as they realize they are for somebody with a significant astigmatism. If somebody finds a pair of Rudy Project sport sunglasses, I’d really like to get them back.

Thanks.

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Local power outages after nearly 4 inches of rain in six days

March 6th, 2014 by Mike

Lights flickering? Yes.

This morning around 144 of our neighbors to the east are without power after a rainy night that brought an additional .79 inches of rain and more winds.

That outage started shortly after 1 a.m., according to Seattle City Light. The cause is given as “equipment failure.”

And lights are blinking here in Maple Leaf at 7:45 a.m.

Six days into March, we have had nearly 4 inches of rain (3.91 inches here at Maple Leaf Life South).

The forecast: More rain today, slackening this afternoon. Perhaps a dry spot on Friday. Rain over the weekend.

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Widespread power outage tonight

November 8th, 2013 by Mike

Update: We’re back! Breaker failure in north substation, whatever that means. The Seattle Times is updating here.

Power out in much of Northeast Seattle!

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Power remains on in Maple Leaf – so far

September 5th, 2013 by Mike

Update 4 p.m. The National Weather Service Seattle office issued an alert for Pierce County:

HAIL UP TO THE SIZE OF PENNIES IS LIKELY WITH THIS STORM…ALONG WITH HEAVY RAIN AND FREQUENT DANGEROUS LIGHTNING.

It also issued an alert for the entire area this afternoon and tonight:

THUNDERSTORMS WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE INTENSE RAINFALL IN A SHORT PERIOD ANYWHERE ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON. A FEW OF THE STORMS COULD ALSO PRODUCE HAIL AND STRONG WINDS IN THE CENTRAL CASCADES THROUGH THIS EVENING.

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At noon, Maple Leaf appears to have retained power through this morning’s thunderstorm.That is not the case, though, for several neighborhoods around us.

About 70 customers remain without power from incidents that include lightning strikes and fallen trees, according to Seattle City Light.

They include folks just across Lake City Way at about Northeast 80th Street, in the University District, and up toward Pinehurst and Haller Lake.

The National Weather Service continues to forecast 90 to 100 percent chance of heavy rains into Friday afternoon. The Seattle office predicts 1.71 inches here by 5 p.m. Friday. (In Maple Leaf we’ve had 0.36 inches since 7 a.m.)

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Update: street reopened. Roosevelt closed at N.E. 98th

October 29th, 2012 by Mike

Downed power lines shut Roosevelt Avenue Northeast between 98th and 104th avenues.

Noon update: street reopened, City Light trucks clearing.

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News about Northgate, noisy neighborhood construction, and goats

July 2nd, 2012 by Mike

Several items of interest to Maple Leaf neighbors:

  • Northgate is much in the news of late. In addition to the Northgate light rail station, there’s debate over the Northgate Apartments, 207 units¬† just north of the mall next to Interstate 5 that now provide affordable housing. The owners want to redevelop what will be prime property with the light rail station coming in, and one question is how much affordable housing will remain. David Miller, president of the Maple Leaf Community Council, is involved in the negotiations. Our news partner The Seattle Times has a story here.
  • Speaking of Northgate and David Miller, he has a question for the neighborhood.

One of our neighbors tipped us off that Sound Transit is considering naming the light rail tunnel entrance near the Northgate Station (roughly Northeast 95th Street and 1st Avenue Northeast) the “Maple Leaf Portal.”

My gut reaction was, ‘no’ because it really is the portal to the Northgate station. Then I wondered if it made some sense to leave it that way for promotional purposes.

On one hand, it would be a good way to publicize Maple Leaf. This could be good for our local businesses.

On the other hand, it really is nowhere near most of our Maple Leaf Business Districts. If we do some sort of “Shop Maple Leaf” campaign in the future, perhaps people will confuse that with shopping near the Maple Leaf Portal (i.e. Northgate) instead of taking a connector bus up the hill to our 5th/Roosevelt/Lake City Way business districts.

He’d like to hear your opinion. Email him at David.Miller@MapleLeafCommunity.org

  • Seattle City Light tells us “we will be doing some noisy work at the substation” this month.

They’re talking about the North Substation, located in Maple Leaf at 814 N.E. 75th St.

We wanted to let our neighbors know that we will be doing some work during the next three weeks that occasionally will be noisy as we jack-hammer old concrete and prepare the site for installation of a new transformer.

The work is scheduled from today through July 20, and must be performed between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

  • On a softer note, City Light announces that “the goats are coming back!”

In 2010, up to 280 goats munched vegetation – especially blackberry vines – at the substation. This summer they are scheduled from July 23-25.

Photo by Theo Henderson of Roosevelt High School.

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City Light seeks your input on strategic plan tonight

March 20th, 2012 by master

Did you know that you’re a stakeholder in Seattle City Light? Make your opinion known on plans for the public utility at a meeting tonight from 6:30-8 at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

City Light will be presenting its six-year strategic plan at the meeting, and seeks feedback either in person or via its online webform. The utility is expected to present its recommendations to the Seattle City Council in May.

Expect to hear more about big upcoming decisions on topics including:

  • Infrastructure investments
  • Energy-efficiency
  • Alternative energy
  • Rates
  • Reliability
  • Technology

For more information, go to the utility’s Strategic Plan webpage.

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Winds cause power outages in parts of Maple Leaf

December 25th, 2011 by Mike

Update 12:50 p.m.: City Light now reports over 18,000 customers without power. Including 4,500 in Maple Leaf’s northeast corner, stretching into Pinehurst. We’ve updated the map at right, too.

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On this Christmas Day, the official Seattle City Light map of known power outages doesn’t show Maple Leaf – but it’s lying.

We know power is out at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 103rd Avenue. City Light says it has about 7,000 customers out.

Anybody else having trouble cooking the Christmas goose?

KOMO is reporting wind speeds:

Peak wind gusts as of noon: W.Seattle 60, Bellingham 56, Everett 56, Oak Harbor 54, Seattle (Sea-Tac) 53, Gig Harbor 51.

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3,000 out of power in Maple Leaf – new wind advisory just issued

September 25th, 2011 by master

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Saturday’s outage included this signal at Northeast 80th Street and Lake City Way Northeast.

Update 2 p.m.: The National Weather Service in Seattle just issued a wind advisory for gusts to 50 mph this afternoon.

TREES ARE PARTICULARLY PRONE TO DAMAGE THIS AFTERNOON SINCE IT

HAS BEEN SINCE LAST SPRING THAT WINDS HAVE BEEN THIS STRONG. TREES

STILL HAVE THEIR LEAVES SO WILL BE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE WIND…

TREE LIMBS AND BRANCHES WILL BE KNOCKED OFF OF TREES.

SOME TREES MAY BE KNOCKED DOWN. FALLING BRANCHES MAY HIT POWER

LINES CAUSING POWER OUTAGES.

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This afternoon Seattle City Light is reporting that winds have knocked out power to about 5,500 customers in the city – with over 3,000 of them in Maple Leaf.

About 5,500 customers are without power in scattered outages caused by windy weather.

One outage is near Ridgecrest Park in Shoreline, affecting about 2,474 customers. It was caused by a downed wire.

Another outage is near the Mapleleaf neighborhood, affecting 3,017 customers. It was also caused by downed wires.

TREE LIMBS AND BRANCHES WILL BE KNOCKED OFF OF TREES.
SOME TREES MAY BE KNOCKED DOWN. FALLING BRANCHES MAY HIT POWER
LINES CAUSING POWER OUTAGES.

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