State Archives staff save records damaged in Thursday rainstorm

On Thursday, South Sound rainstorms brought a surprise flood at the State Records Center in Tumwater. A two-inch valve block left over from pressure testing of the center's pipes caused a trough and several pipes to fill with water and eventually overflow down building walls. The water landed directly onto shelves holding cardboard boxes full of state records.

Washington State Archives staff saved more than 700 documents from flood damage this week, according to the Secretary of State’s From Our Corner blog.

On Thursday, South Sound rainstorms brought a surprise flood at the State Records Center in Tumwater. A two-inch valve block left over from pressure testing of the center’s pipes caused a trough and several pipes to fill with water and eventually overflow down building walls. The water landed directly onto shelves holding cardboard boxes full of state records.

“Fortunately, the unexpected deluge happened when several Archives staffers were at work, allowing them to minimize damage,” Secretary blogger Brian Zylstra wrote.

The documents did not come out unscathed, but they will no longer be lost. Archives staff cleared water and organized boxes from least to most damaged. Severely damaged boxes of records were taken to a Puyallup facility for freeze-drying.

More in News

Burn ban in place for Pierce County

The weather may be getting colder, but burn bans have been called for multiple counties due to deteriorating air quality.

Enumclaw’s Van Hulse to compete in national music showcase

Erik Van Hulse, who also goes by his stage name Siboh Nisoh, has been working toward this big break for almost as long as he can remember.

Kiwanis honor four as Students of the Month

Members of the Buckley Kiwanis Club honored a trio of “Students of the Month” during an Nov. 16 gathering.

Pepper addresses ‘false’ recall charges in community meeting

The meeting, held at the Black Diamond library, was a chance for voters to have “an opportunity to hear from both sides before they decide to sign,” the recall petition, Pepper wrote in an announcement for the meeting.

Wilbanks wins close Buckley race

It took a month, but Luke Wilbanks finally knows he’ll be occupying a seat on the Buckley City Council.

Buckley Council race gets recount; results due Dec. 6

The closest general election outcome in Pierce County was found in Buckley, where a razor-thin difference in a City Council race forced a recount by the Pierce County Elections Department.

Enumclaw Council roster rapidly changing

A significant shake-up of the Enumclaw City Council is well under way. Soon to exit city government is Mayor Liz Reynolds, who opted against seeking another term after eight years in the city’s highest office. Already off the City Council is Jan Molinaro, who was elected to fill the mayoral post during the Nov. 7 general election and has stepped away from council.

Santa touring Bonney Lake, Sumner neighborhoods

Santa will once again be joining East Pierce Fire and Rescue around Bonney Lake, Sumner and surrounding communities to wish everyone happy holidays. He’s already toured Milton and Sumner, but there are still many more routes for him to complete before he heads back to the North Pole.

Most Read