An under construction Capitol Hill microhousing development became one of the city’s centers of attention Sunday as a cold winter storm blew into Seattle and tore loose scaffolding while sending a wall of plastic sheeting into a flapping fit at 12th and John.
Traffic in the area was detoured for hours and the sidewalk closed after the scaffolding came loose and could be seen rocking and swaying in the wind.
— Shelly Farnham (@ShellyShelly) February 19, 2018
Collapsing scaffolding seems to have shut down 12th and John pic.twitter.com/7dAoQ8nLyc
— matt mitgang (@mmitgang) February 18, 2018
The husband is watching a live stream of the wind trying to knock scaffolding off a building up on Capitol Hill. It's blowing pretty good out there, but I'd rather watch the @Olympics #hopethepowerstayson
— Liv Nasty Rancourt (@LivRancourt) February 19, 2018
High winds in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood topples scaffolding on new construction site. SPD/SFD and City Light crews on hand as nearby power-lines also in danger. pic.twitter.com/T3mz5DiyZe
— Tim Durkan (@timdurkan) February 19, 2018
There were no reported injuries and it wasn’t immediately clear how much damage was done to the exterior of the four-story, 51-unit project from the Hardy Development Company. A crew was onsite around 9 PM dismantling the loose scaffolding.
Though the winds and the wintry mix on Capitol Hill have subsided, the cold snap is predicted to continue through the week with highs not climbing above the low 40s and morning lows in the 20s through Thursday.