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10 Interesting And Fascinating Facts About Pacific, Washington, United States

Pacific is a city in King and Pierce counties in the State of Washington. Located primarily in King County, the population was 6,606 at the 2010 census. Take a look below for 10 interesting and fascinating facts about Pacific, Washington, United States.

1. Like its northern neighbor Algona, Pacific is sometimes mistaken for a part of Auburn.

2. Platted August 10, 1906 by real estate promoter Clarence Dayton Hillman as “C.D. Hillman’s Pacific City Addition to the City of Seattle,” Pacific was officially incorporated on August 10, 1909.

3. Record-breaking rains in November 2006 pushed the White River over its river banks along Pacific City Park, creating a temporary 25-acre (100,000 m2) lake.

4. In January 2009, release of stormwaters from the Mud Mountain Dam caused even greater flooding, inundating more than a hundred homes.

5. Pacific is located at 47°15′48″N 122°14′52″W (47.263272, -122.247831).

6. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.43 square miles (6.29 km2), of which, 2.42 square miles (6.27 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water. The lower White River, also known as the Stuck River, runs through the east side of Pacific, between Auburn, Washington and Sumner, Washington.

7. The town has a mayor, city council and police department.

8. On January 8, 2009, the Army Corps of Engineers released water from Mud Mountain Dam into the White River.

9. The action was done to relieve pressure in the reservoir, which had reached its capacity due to heavy rain that was causing flooding around the Puget Sound region.

10. A large amount of water was released very quickly, causing rapid and massive flooding in Pacific. Those affected had virtually no notice of the impending disaster. One of those affected by the flooding was noted local and international musician Jerry Miller, a founding member of Moby Grape, who had recently moved to Pacific from Tacoma. Miller lost virtually all of his possessions, including over forty years of memorabilia from his music career. Assistance to those affected by the flooding was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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