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Poulsbo flood damage estimated at $360,000

POULSBO — Nearly two weeks after much of Kitsap County became waterlogged by heavy rains and flooding, the city of Poulsbo is continuing its efforts to repair damages and assist property owners in filing for federal relief funding. More than three dozen private property and business owners have filed for cleanup assistance.

The city has its own list of needed repairs, including the Public Works building on Iverson Street and 8th Avenue, which was severely flooded during the storm.

“For most everyone we’re back to normal, but not for Public Works,” said Public Works director Jeff Bauman.

The city’s damages have been estimated at $360,000, though Bauman said he believes that initial amount to be high. He is continuing to work with the county, as officials there compile a list of damages in an effort to gain federal relief aid.

Some other damages the city suffered include: a destroyed barrier at 4th Avenue and Torval Canyon Road, a sinkhole near Poulsbo Middle School, erosion along Little Valley Road and an exposed water main on Viking Avenue that has already been repaired.

Bauman said the city is also working to clean out sediment in the stormwater and sewer systems and identify any remaining impacts. The Poulsbo Village and 10th Avenue areas were both hit severely, which he said could have lasting effects.

Bauman said the flooding was not caused by negligence or poor infrastructure standards, but was instead simply a result of a system not meant to handle weather of such magnitude.

“This was more than a 100-year storm. Everything was overloaded,” he said.

For those with damaged or ruined carpets, or other items destroyed by the wet weather, the Kitsap County Public Works Solid Waste Division is offering free disposal of flood debris to Kitsap County residents from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday at the Olympic View Transfer Station.

Flood-damaged carpet, furniture, mattresses, sheetrock, siding, clothing and other personal property will all be accepted. Flood-damaged televisions, monitors, and appliances such as refrigerators, washers and dryers will also be taken for free, but should be separated from other debris to allow easy unloading. Customers should be prepared to unload their own debris.

Household hazardous waste (paints, garden chemicals, household cleaners, etc.) should be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility for free disposal from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Waste should be kept in the original container and separated from other debris. If containers are flood-damaged and material is water-logged, residents should place each container into a separate plastic bag, then place it into a sturdy, leak-proof container for transport.

Business hazardous waste is not accepted at the HHW Collection Facility without an appointment. Businesses should call the open line at (360) 337-5777 to make an appointment.

Residents unable to haul their own debris to the transfer station should contact the Department of Emergency Management at (360) 307-5968.

Free disposal will not be permitted at any of the county’s recycling and garbage facilities.

This program is available to Kitsap County residents only; proof of residency is required.

For more information, call the open line at (360) 337-5777 or visit the city of Poulsbo Web site at cityofpoulsbo.com. The Olympic View Transfer Station is located at 9300 SW Barney White Road.

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