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King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding on Tolt, Snoqualmie rivers


The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, after persistent rainfall brought minor flooding to the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers.


The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 8 a.m.fcd_color_2018 on Friday, Nov. 2, to monitor minor flooding along the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers, which spilled their banks following several hours of heavy rainfall.

As of 8 a.m., the Tolt River near Carnation was flowing at 4,300 cubic feet per second (CFS), well above the Phase 2 flood alert threshold of 3,500 CFS. At these flows, only minor flooding could be expected in low-lying areas along the Tolt River upstream of Carnation.

At 8:15 a.m., the sum of flows on the Snoqualmie River’s three forks was 13,230 CFS, exceeding the Phase 2 flood alert threshold of 12,000 CFS for that river system. At these flows, only minor flooding in low-lying areas of the Snoqualmie Valley could be expected.

The Flood Warning Center was open for about nine hours on Thursday, Nov. 1, to monitor high flows along the Snoqualmie River that were brought on by heavy rainfall in the Cascade Mountains.

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

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 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