Natural Resources and Parks
King County Flood Warning Center closes as rivers impacted by powerful rainstorm stabilize
With rain diminishing and stream flows stabilizing, the King County Flood Warning Center closed at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, following slightly more than 24 hours of continuous operation to closely monitor moderate flooding along the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers. County employees will continue to monitor weather forecasts and stream conditions.
Community celebrates replica lookout tower completion, offering stunning views atop King County’s Pinnacle Peak Park
Work has wrapped up on building and installing a replica lookout tower crowning Pinnacle Peak Park in Enumclaw, a project that was constructed through King County Parks’ Community Partnerships and Grants Program with the Mt. Peak Historical Fire Lookout Association. The tower is expected to be open to the public by late October.
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 3 flood alerts for Snoqualmie, Tolt rivers as heavy rain pushes rivers higher
Heavy rainfall across eastern King County has pushed the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers up to a Phase 3 flood alert with moderate flooding possible and potential impacts to roadways, according to the King County Flood Warning Center, which opened at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, to monitor rising river levels during a strong fall storm.
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 2 flood alert for Tolt River with minor flooding possible from heavy rain
The King County Flood Warning Center issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the Tolt River at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 28, with minor flooding possible in low-lying areas. The Snoqualmie River remains at a Phase 2 flood alert level, as heavy rainfall continues pushing river levels higher.
King County opens Flood Warning Center to monitor rising flows as rain brings minor flood threat to Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, to monitor potential minor flooding from heavy rainfall along the Snoqualmie River.
State Route 169 to begin reopening tonight, Oct. 20, as work wraps up on critical flood risk reduction project
A single lane of State Route 169 in Maple Valley will reopen at approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, with a full reopening of the highway by 5 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 as crews complete a flood risk reduction project designed to reduce the likelihood of another flood forcing an emergency highway closure.
Side sewer break in Bothell neighborhood quickly contained
A break in a King County side sewer line affected several residences in the vicinity of 208th Street Southeast and 14th Drive Southeast in Bothell on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Wastewater Treatment Division crews quickly contained and cleaned surface areas. No public areas were affected.
State Route 169 in Maple Valley closure extended through Oct. 20 following discovery of remnant bridge at project site
The closure of State Route 169 north of Cedar Grove Road in Maple Valley has been extended until the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 20, following discovery of a remnant structure at the project site. Work resumed on Sunday, Oct. 17 to install culverts underneath the highway that will reduce flooding and improve fish passage following a required site inspection by the Washington Department of Transportation. Commuters should review the detour route and prepare for delays.
Closure of State Route 169 in Maple Valley, Friday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. to Monday, Oct. 18 at 5 a.m., for construction to reduce flood risk
State Route 169 north of Cedar Grove Road in Maple Valley will be closed Friday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. until Monday, Oct. 18 at 5 a.m. so crews can replace two culverts to reduce localized flooding and improve fish passage.
King County leaders urge flood preparedness now as forecast for ‘La Nina’ winter hints at wetter, cooler weather
The King County Executive and King County Flood Control District Chair announce October is Flood Awareness Month and remind residents to prepare now for what could be an active season because of the predicted “La Nina” weather pattern this winter.
As statewide plastic bag ban begins Oct. 1, customers reminded to keep plastic bags and wrap out of recycling bins
Washington’s statewide plastic bag ban takes effect Oct. 1, and customers are reminded to reduce recycling contamination by keeping plastic bags and wrap out of recycling bins and taking those materials to drop-off locations or placing them in the garbage.