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Snoqualmie River reaches minor flood phase as King County continues monitoring flooding

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The King County Flood Warning Center issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the Snoqualmie River at 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4, and minor flooding is now expected along the river because of heavy rainfall across the river basin.

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The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 2 floodFlood Control Zone District Logo alert for the Snoqualmie River, where minor flooding can be expected because of a potent rainstorm that continues to hit much of western Washington. The Flood Warning Center opened at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4 to monitor minor flooding along the Tolt River.
 
As of 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 4, the sum of the Snoqualmie River’s three forks was flowing at 12,480 cubic feet per second (CFS), topping the Phase 2 flood alert level of 12,000 CFS. At these flows, minor flooding could be expected at low-lying areas along the Snoqualmie River.

Flows are also climbing on the Tolt River. As of 1:30 a.m., the Tolt River at Carnation was flowing at 3,790 CFS, well above the Phase 2 flood alert threshold of 3,500 CFS.
 
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 seven 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 206-477-4811 during business hours, or 206-477-8100 after hours or on weekends.

Problems on County maintained roads can be reported by calling 206-477-8100 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 kingcountyfloodcontrol.org.