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Tolt River joins Snoqualmie at Phase II flood alert level; King County Flood Warning Center monitors minor flooding

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Steady rain has brought the Tolt River up to a Phase II flood alert level with minor flooding possible, according to the King County Flood Warning Center, which opened at 5:30 a.m. today, Nov. 28, to monitor river conditions.

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Steady rain has brought the Tolt River up to a Phase II flood alert level, with minor flooding possible according to the King County Flood Warning Center,Flood Control Zone District Logo which opened at 5:30 a.m. today, Nov. 28, to monitor river conditions.

As of 9:30 a.m. the Tolt River at Carnation was flowing at 3,650 cubic feet per second (CFS), just above the Phase II flood alert threshold of 3,500 CFS. At these flows, only minor flooding would be expected at low-lying areas along the Tolt River upstream of Carnation.

The Snoqualmie River has been at a Phase II flood alert level since about 5:30 a.m. today. As of 9:30 a.m., the sum of the Snoqualmie River's three forks recorded a flow of 14,970 CFS. The Snoqualmie River reached - and exceeded - these flows earlier in the week with a moderate flood event.

Flood Warning Center employees will monitor stream gages and weather reports, and will provide updated information on river conditions as necessary. Real-time river level information is available online at kingcounty.gov/flood.

During river flooding events, King County serves as a clearinghouse for information on flood conditions, operating a recorded message center with continuous updates of river gage readings and flood phases and other related information. Reach the Flood Warning Center at 206-296-8200 or 1-800-945-9263. Interpreter assistance in multiple languages is available.

King County offers everyone free access to KC Flood Alerts, an automated system that allows subscribers to receive customized alerts of potential flooding for any or all of King County’s six major river systems.

Immediate notifications about pending high water are sent to email, smart phone text or voicemail, providing subscribers with the maximum amount of warning about potential high water.

Find the KC Flood Alerts link at kingcounty.gov/flood. This website is a valuable preparedness resource, with all of the latest information about river levels and road conditions, plus weather reports and other critical links.

Questions or assistance with flooding on smaller streams or urban drainage problems can be called in to 206-296-1900 during business hours, or 206-296-8100 after hours or on weekends.

Problems on County maintained roads can be reported by calling 206-296-8100 or 1-800-KC-ROADS.

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The King County Flood Control District is a special purpose government created to provide funding and policy oversight for flood protection projects and programs in King County. The Flood Control District’s Board is composed of the members of the King County Council. The Water and Land Resources Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks develops and implements the approved flood protection projects and programs. Information is available at http://www.kingcountyfloodcontrol.org/.