Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Puget Sound

Yesterday late afternoon, a pilot was forced to make an emergency landing off the shores of Alki. You may have noticed the Cesna flying lower than usual coming from around Blake Island and heading towards Alki.

According to the pilot from the audio in the video (flight simulator), the oil pressure was low.

It’s amazing that neither the pilot or anyone else was seriously injured (or worse) considering how many people are enjoying Puget Sound during this heat wave. The pilot was able to walk away following this “successful” landing.

Here is another video of the landing from @Mihai_Melonari via Twitter

 

Attempted break-ins and trespassing last week

Last Friday, a couple Beach Drive neighbors near Mee Kwa Mooks Park encountered a woman who was mentally not well. She broke into a small boat that was covered on a property and really made a mess of it… I’ll spare you the details. Half-naked, she locked herself in a porta-potty for hours and the police were unable to do anything about it. She left behind a backpack with stolen property which has since been returned to the owners.

Not to long before this event, we had a neighbor ask what can be done about people who are staying along Beach Drive in their campers, cars or camping in Mee Kwa Mooks Park. Lisa Herbold’s office recommends:

There are three ways to file a complaint regarding the concerns like garbage removal, needles, or to report an unauthorized encampment (either tent encampment or RVs)

  1. online: Service Request Form
  2. mobile: Find It, Fix It mobile app
  3. phone: 206-684-2489 (CITY)

I want to make sure that you understand the types of responses that may (or may not) result when you file a complaint.

Here are some possible resources for people who are experiencing homelessness or crisis in Seattle.

Of course, if you are in danger or if a crime is being committed, call 9-1-1.

Crows

This morning, neighbors (via Nextdoor) are reporting several sightings of dead crows. This has been reported to the Department of Health and Animal Control and it’s possible it could be a West Nile outbreak.

Should you come across a dead crow, it should be reported to the Department of Fish & Wildlife at Report Wildlife Observations (arcgis.com)

West Nile Virus can be passed to humans and birds by mosquitos. It’s a good time to make sure there is no standing water where mosquitos can hatch….and who likes to try sleeping on a warm summer night with the sweet hum of a mosquito circling above.

Another neighbor reminds us that it’s crow fledgling season and they’re just learning to fly. Fledglings are about the size of a full-grown crow right now. She asks that drivers give them extra space and don’t assume that they’ll be able to fly away as your car approaches.

 

Several Parks along Beach Drive closed due to sewer overflow

Seattle Public Utilities has closed a couple of beaches along Beach Drive due to a sewer issue near Cormorant Cove.This is from Seattle Public Utilities post on NextDoor:

Dear Neighbors,

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) responded to a sewer overflow due to a broken side sewer located along Beach Dr near Cormorant Cove. As a result, beaches in the area are currently closed to water activities, including Cormorant Cove Parklet, Charles Richey Sr. Viewpoint at Alki beach, and the Andover Place street end beach access. Staff will sample the water and work with Public Health-Seattle & King County to determine when the area can be safely reopened. SPU will provide an update when we have more information. Seattle Public Utilities is working with the property owner to ensure a timely repair of the side sewer. If you find flooding or sewer backups, please report them to the SPU 24/7 Operations Response Center at (206) 386-1800. To learn more about our Spill Response Program, please visit: https://www.seattle.gov/utilities/protecting-our-environment/community-programs/pollution-control/spill-response – Seattle Public Utilities

Low Tides today and tomorrow


Today’s low tide of -4.00 feet took place at 11:06 a.m.
Tomorrow, we’ll witness another -4.00 tide at 11:54 a.m.

Extreme Low Tides


Today’s low tide was -3.2 feet at 10:37 a.m.

We have even lower tides for the next couple days. Check this out:

  • Tuesday, June 14: -3.9 feet at 11:22 AM
  • Wednesday, June 15: -4.3 feet at 12:08 PM
  • Thursday, June 16: -4.1 feet at 12:57 PM
  • Friday, June 17: -3.5 feet at 1:47 PM.

[UPDATE: FOUND!!] LOST CAT: Have you seen Meow-Meow?

UPDATE: Meow-Meow is back home with her humans.
Meow-Meow, aka Meowmies, is a standard tabby, overweight, who has been missing from her home near the lighthouse since yesterday. If you see her, please call Richard at 206-660-0512.

Rain, Wind and Waves forecasted for Monday

We have a Small Craft Advisory in effect starting late tonight through Monday morning. Wind Alert is showing that it may be very gusty all of Monday.

Puget Sound Marine forecast as of 9:05 am this morning:

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING

SUN
S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers in the morning then rain in the afternoon.

SUN NIGHT
S wind 15 to 25 kt rising to 20 to 30 kt after midnight. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft.

MON
SW wind 15 to 25 kt rising to 25 to 35 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft building to 4 to 6 ft in the afternoon.

MON NIGHT
SW wind 25 to 35 kt easing to 15 to 25 kt after midnight. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft subsiding to 2 to 4 ft after midnight.

Forecast for Seattle:

SUNDAY NIGHT…Breezy, rain. Rainfall amounts a half inch to one inch possible. Lows in the 40s. South wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph.

MONDAY…Windy. Showers in the morning, then showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts a tenth to a quarter of an inch possible, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Highs near 50. Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph increasing to 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph in the afternoon.

MONDAY NIGHT…Windy. Showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely after midnight. Lows near 40.

TUESDAY…Breezy. Showers likely in the morning, then partly sunny with a chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s.

Last but not least… the tides for Monday, April 4, 2022:

  • Low Tide: 4.90 ft at 1:31 AM
  • HIGH TIDE: 10.88 ft at 7:06 AM
  • Low Tide: -0.12 ft at 1:49 PM
  • HIGH TIDE: 10.56 ft at 8:43 pm

If we have winds gusting in the mid-40s with waves 5-6 foot waves, we could see some serious splashing over seawalls. If the current wind forecast is accurate, we might “luck out” with the tides.

 

Port Approves Waters off Beach Drive for Commercial Anchorage

Update: April 2nd
This April 1st post is quickly developing as Beach Drive residents stormed the port offices last night and negotiated to replace proposed freighter/cargo anchorages with underwater cradles for our submarine fleet. Crisis averted; future views restored!

Scupper

The comment period regarding commercial shipping being allowed to use waters off West Seattle’s Beach Drive for temporary anchorages ended on March 31st. A port spokesperson stated that the additional “temporary” anchorages will go a long ways to solve our regional supply chain issues “the port’s current overflow anchorage in Manchester WA has helped alleviate our additional needs in a robust economy but is not nearly enough to satisfy the pandemic caused surplus of inbound shipping”. He went on the say that ships bound for our waters are having to wait off our coast for up to two weeks before port and anchorage capacity is available causing fears of environmental disaster as seasonal weather systems can jeopardize safety at sea.

The approved plan is to immediately provide four cargo/container ship anchorages between the Fauntleroy ferry terminal to the south and roughly Alki Point to the north. Anticipated need is predicted though the first half of 2023 but the permit is valid through 2025.

The Port together with the CG will closely monitor the anchorage and has made the following assurances:

• When ships are fueled, all operations must be encircled by a boom
• Ships may not dump grey water. — from activities like laundry, dishwashing and bathing — or blackwater, from toilets. They’re required to dump it after they reach shore.
• A Coast Guard radar tracks when a vessel moves beyond its swing circle, and an alarm sounds.

Other concerns voiced by Beach Drive residents that were addressed:

While anchored, ships must keep their deck lights on high enough that crew members can move about safely, said CG Cmdr. Bill Bligh, chief of prevention. They need to run generators for power, but are encouraged not to slam hatches or grind metal, particularly after 8 p.m. “although nothing specifies exactly how bright or loud they can be”.

Beach Drive Blog will update this post as information becomes available.

Scupper, reporting for the BDB

Major Road/Gas Line Project on Beach Drive

A tip of the hat to our neighbors who let us know West Seattle Blog recently uncovered major project on Beach Drive to replace sections of the gas main.

From West Seattle Blog:

Puget Sound Energy will be replacing 5,049 feet of a gas main line on Beach Dr. SW. starting in May with work expected to last about 90 days.

This is part of a project to improve the infrastructure in the area and provide safe and reliable natural gas service.

During the project, about 100 customers will have their gas turned off due to a service replacement of their line or their service lines being reconnected to the new gas main.

When possible, the gas main installation will be directional drilled to limit some of traffic issues on that street.

PSE is working with the Seattle Department of Transportation and will use flaggers to keep traffic moving.

All customers impacted will be notified before their service is interrupted.

On a positive note, maybe this will help detour some of the speeders and traffic we get on Beach Drive.