The Weather Beat
Swollen rivers causing flooding problems across region
Posted by Jennifer Sullivan
The worst of the rains expected from the current storm are behind us, but swollen rivers across Western Washington are flooding neighborhoods and closing roadways.
A handful of rivers across the region are expected to flood, including the Snoqualmie River in Carnation. The river had reached five feet above flood stage Monday morning, said meteorologist Dana Felton of the National Weather Service.
Doug Williams, spokesman for the King County Flood Warning Center, said the flooding on the Snoqualmie is worse than the flooding that hit the area last month. But, he added, they've seen far worse.
"This flood, itself, was not particularly a large flood on the Snoqualmie," Williams said.
Several roads near the Snoqualmie River between Carnation and North Bend are closed because of water on the roadway and landslides. Late Sunday, a man and woman had to be rescued by boat after driving their car down a flooded road near Fall City.
On Monday morning, the King County Flood Warning Center said that the Cedar River had reached serious flood levels. Water could potentially impact low-lying areas near the river and close a few miles of State Route 169, near Maple Valley, Williams said.
"This is a flood event we would expect to see every five years or so on the Cedar River, so it's not an uncommon flood event," Williams said.
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Skagit, Newaukum, Cowlitz and Nisqually rivers have reached flood stage.
Sections of the Snohomish River in Monroe and in Snohomish are predicted to reach flood levels Monday afternoon, Felton said.
In King County, officials at the Flood Warning Center are also watching the Green River and expect moderate flooding, Williams said.