GIG HARBOUR, Wash. — Netshed No. 9 in Gig Harbor had been open for about an hour on Friday when high tides — over 14 feet this week — collided with heavy rain runoff in western Washington.
Water “just down,” said co-owner Katie Doherty.
The breakfast restaurant posted a photo of chairs and table legs submerged in water around 9 a.m. Friday. Shortly after, the Gig Harbor Police Department posted photos on Twitter showing water covering Skansie Brothers Park.
“There was an incredible tidal overflow,” the agency’s message said.
Police Chief Kelly Busey said by email that the photos were taken at high tide and the water receded when the tide receded.
The restaurant halted service, as staff rushed to sweep the water into the bay.
“Between the best team in the world and a good guest with a floor dryer, we were back at 10:30 a.m.,” Doherty said in a text message.
Although the tone of the restaurant in their social media posts seemed cavalier, the waterfront restaurant has never been flooded in nearly 10 years.
“We knew from previous tenants at this location that this could happen,” she said. “When the tide is very high and you have a storm surge, the water attacks from both sides: the tide brings it in from the dock, then flows past the building’s overflow.”
Fortunately, when she and her husband Thad Lyman designed the space, they braced the equipment just inches off the floor and kept the electricity high on the walls. She thinks they escaped any damage caused by the momentary water influx.
Elsewhere in the county, West Pierce Fire & Rescue posted a photo of flooded homes along Sunset Beach Road West.
“Wherever the waters are high, please do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Revolve around. Don’t drown! says the post.
“It’s happening all over Puget Sound,” Busey wrote. “A combination of a 13.37ft tide (normal for this time of year), a very low barometer and lots of water runoff/snowmelt created this phenomenon.”
He said the agency is not asking residents to take any special precautions except to use common sense in areas with high water.
“I heard some waterfront homes were lightly flooded this morning, but I have no details,” Busey wrote. “We are not aware of any damage to infrastructure.”