High tide and heavy rains flood Gig Harbor park and restaurant, photos show

<p><p>GIG HARBOR, Wash. — Netshed No. 9 in Gig Harbor had been open for about an hour Friday when high tides — above 14 feet this week — collided with runoff from heavy rains across Western Washington.</p></p><p><p>Water “just pushed in,” said co-owner Katie Doherty.</p></p><p><p>The breakfast restaurant posted a photo of chairs and table legs submerged in water around 9 a.m. Friday. Soon after, the Gig Harbor Police Department posted photos to Twitter that showed water covering Skansie Brothers Park.</p></p><p><p>“There was some amazing tidal overflow,” the agency’s post said.</p></p><p><p>Police Chief Kelly Busey said via email that the photos were taken at high tide and that the water receded when the tide went out.</p></p><p><p>The restaurant paused service, as staff hurried to sweep the water back out to the bay.</p></p><p><p>“Between the best team in the world and a good guest with a floor dryer, we were back open by 10:30,” Doherty said in a text message.</p></p><p><p>Though the restaurant’s tone in their social media posts sounded cavalier, the waterfront restaurant has not previously flooded on their nearly 10-year watch.</p></p><p><p>“We knew from previous tenants in this spot that it could occur,” she said. “When the tide is super high and you get a storm surge, the water attacks from two sides: The tide brings it in from the dock and then drains in front of the building overflow.”</p></p><p><p>Fortunately, when she and her husband Thad Lyman designed the space, they boosted equipment a few inches off the floor and kept electrical high on the walls. She thinks they evaded any damage from the momentary water run-in.</p></p><p><p>Elsewhere in the county, West Pierce Fire &amp; Rescue posted a photo of homes flooded along Sunset Beach Road West.</p></p><p><p>“Anywhere waters are high, please do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn around. Don’t drown!” the post said.</p></p><p><p>“It’s happening all over Puget Sound,” Busey wrote. “A combination of a 13.37 foot tide (normal for this time of year), a very low barometer, and a lot of water runoff/snow melt all created this phenomenon.”</p></p><p><p>He said the agency wasn’t asking residents to take any specific precautions, except to use common sense in places with high water.</p></p><p><p>“I have heard that some waterfront homes were slightly flooded this morning, but I don’t have any detail,” Busey wrote. “There is no infrastructure damage of which we are aware.”</p></p>