As part of The World-Herald’s ongoing coverage of last summer’s flooding, I recently was assigned to go to Haworth Park in Bellevue for a story about repairs and plans to reopen by Labor Day. Chad Addison from the Bellevue Parks Department served as my guide. See more images from the park in a photo showcase here.
I had been to the park before, but I would knew I wouldn’t find much recognizable, so I was glad Addison came along.
Silt covers everything. It’s smooth and has very little definition, and that’s not easy to convey in an image. It’s hard to help the reader grasp the amount of silt present.
It’s very easy to underestimate the amount of silt, so I tried to use common objects to give readers an idea. I found a fire hydrant that was nearly covered.
One of the more dramatic sites I had came across was a large area of the shore that had been washed away. The rocks that lined the shore are still in place, but much of what was behind them is gone. I found these wooden pylons jutting out of the water and I had asked Addison what they were. He had been informed that they were left over from work that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had done in the 1950s. That helped put some perspective on just how historic this flood was.
Walking through the park left me covered in mud. The longer you remain standing in one place, the farther you sink in. When the mud surrounds your shoe, it creates a bit of a pull when you try to move. I’m one of those people (much to mother’s chagrin) who doesn’t tie his shoes very tight, so I had to keep moving or the mud would pull my shoes right off my feet.
See more images from Haworth Park in a photo showcase here.