Photo courtesy city of Bothell 
                                Exterior of Bothell City Hall.

Photo courtesy city of Bothell Exterior of Bothell City Hall.

Bothell officials address Parr Creek channel flooding

The city council approved an agreement aiming to prevent flooding at its Nov. 19 meeting.

Flooding on 120th Avenue Northeast in Bothell has been a major concern for city officials and residents alike for several years.

At the Nov. 19 council meeting, Bothell councilmembers unanimously approved an agreement that aims to prevent future flooding in the affected area. Councilmember Jeanne Zornes was absent from the meeting.

Winters on 120th Avenue Northeast have typically seen flooding as a result of interference of the city’s stormwater drainage system by the Parr Creek channel. Most of the channel is located in an adjacent private property.

According to the meeting agenda item, the city learned upon inspecting the creek that it contained a heavy amount of vegetation and sediment. This prevented stormwater from efficiently transferring.

Between 2014 and 2017, the city unsuccessfully endeavored to collaborate with the owner of the creek, SCG North Creek Place LLC (SCG), to maintain both the channel and stormwater system.

When this fell through, the city issued a notice of violation against SCG. This decision was appealed by the latter party first to the city’s hearing examiner, then the King County Superior Court after the hearing examiner upheld the notice.

In the spring and summer of this year, the city of Bothell and SCG eventually negotiated a settlement agreement. The agreement calls for the city’s recoupment of prosecution costs. It also entails SCG agreeing to restore Parr Creek before the 2020 fish window ends, to grant the city an access easement that allows Bothell officials to inspect and maintain the private section of the property and to go into a maintenance covenant, which is a document that outlines upkeep.

The decision at the Nov. 19 meeting authorizes the city manager to officially move into the aforementioned agreement, as well as finish any outstanding litigation with the SCG. Ultimately, the agreement seeks to restore the channel to ward off flooding in the future.

“This is a really momentous day,” deputy mayor Davina Duerr said. “This is a problem we’ve been dealing with for many seasons…it’s been a long time coming.”

To watch the full Nov. 19 council meeting, go to To learn more about the background behind the decision, go to the

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Politicians get pay raises, state workers get furloughs

A citizens panel approved the hikes in 2019. Unable to rescind them, lawmakers look to donate their extra earnings.

Starting July 6, three road paving projects to prepare for

Two full road closures and night paving work is coming to Redmond Ridge at Novelty Hill Road, near Duvall, July 6 through August

Human remains in West Seattle identified

Bags of body parts were found in a suitcase along a West Seattle beach on June 19.

According to King County’s Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) annual report, Seattle had the highest rate of people using services at 36 percent of the total, followed by 31 percent from South King County, 18 percent from the greater Eastside, and 7 percent from north county including Shoreline. Courtesy image
Drug courts, officer de-escalation programs impacted by MIDD cuts

The fund provides money for mental illness and drug dependency programs across King County.

Summer vehicle travel projected to decrease this year

Traffic this summer will likely be lighter across Washington state than previous… Continue reading

Governor Jay Inslee smiles and laughs Sept. 3, 2019, during a speech at the Lynnwood Link Extension groundbreaking in Lynnwood. A Thurston County judge ruled he exceeded his authority when he vetoed single sentences in the state transportation budget in 2019. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)
Judge invalidates Gov. Inslee’s veto in roads budget

Lawmakers said the governor crossed a constitutional line.

King County cases among younger adults drives increase in COVID-19 numbers

Over half of all new cases are among people ages 20-39

Kirkland man found guilty of promoting prostitution in Eastside sex trafficking ring

Authorities say suspect ran “successful enterprise” for greater half of a decade.

Public and private universities, colleges, technical schools, apprenticeship programs and similar schools and programs may resume general instruction, including in-person classes and lectures, starting Aug. 1. Pictured: The University of Washington-Bothell campus. File photo
Universities and colleges may reopen in fall, governor says

His order requires masks and physical distancing, among other measures, to help prevent infections.

Most Read