The Nickelsville homeless camp in Seattle was still flooded Tuesday morning following Monday's rain storm, but a nearby rental company came to the rescue.
The encampment, located at 7116 West Marginal Way SW, ended up in a huge pool of water about 30 feet wide and almost knee high in places. About 30 tents were flooded.
“When I got in last night, it was like coming into a lake,” said resident Bud McArdle.
“No, I have not seen it like this before. Last winter, we had a big problem with the snow melt, but not flooded like this,” said former tent coordinator Mark Matthews.
Residents were using a generator and small pump to clear the pool, but progress was slow. Pacific Rim Equipment Rentals, located a few blocks away, brought in an industrial size pump to help out.
Seattle Public Utilities and public health workers arrived late Tuesday morning to assess the situation. Some people drove up to donate basic necessities such as clean clothes, rain boots and blankets.
The city gave residents cinder blocks to place their belongings on and garbage cans, but residents say they'd like to see more.
The residents of Nickelsville technically do not have a permit to live on the city-owned property, but they have an arrangement with the city to squat there.
"What would help us is if somebody would, especially the city, could put us at a spot or locate us in a situation or a place where we could have a little bit of drainage going and few simple amenities would help us,” said McArdle.
Mayor Mike McGinn said his office is looking into the problem.
“This is an ongoing issue about how we provide sufficient shelter to people and we've sent various proposals to council about how to expand shelter. We want to keep working on that so that everyone has a safe and secure place to be at night,” said McGinn.