JANUARY 6, 1997
Fire crews respond to 147 storm calls
by Jeff Switzer
WOODINVILLE--Fire crews were kept busy the past few weeks, responding first to the heavy snows and then the heavy rains and flooding, pumping out basements and inspecting structural damage.
"I know our guys went for a number of sleepless nights to take care of the things out there," said Fire Chief Steve Smith. "I'm proud of them."
According to Battalion Chief Dominic Marzano, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 3, crews responded to 147 calls, with 49 aid calls, 62 service calls, and inspections of numerous commercial buildings suffering structural damage.
"I think as a whole, we did pretty well," said Battallion Chief Cliff Griffin, who was on duty during the storms. Caved-in roads, fallen trees and pumping out flooded basements were just a few of the crises.
- A limited collapse of the interior ceiling at the Kingsgate Safeway and JoAnne Fabrics.
- Major leak and roof concerns at Kingsgate 7-11 and the downtown Woodinville AM/PM.
- Stock Market temporary evacuation.
"We do everything; we are a community service. During the storms, neighbors helped neighbors; everybody pitched in and took care of each other, which is nice," added Griffin.