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King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 2 flood alert for Green River

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The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the Green River, where some minor flooding could be expected in low-lying areas upstream of Auburn.

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The King County Flood Warning Center, whichFlood Control Zone District Logo has been operating continuously since the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 21 to monitor rain-swollen rivers across the county, has issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the Green River.

As of 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23, the gage on the Green River at Auburn recorded a flow of 7,000 cubic feet per second, which is the threshold for a Phase 2 flood alert. Only minor flooding is expected in low-lying rural areas of the Green River Valley upstream of Auburn.

Other rivers in King County continue to run high and swift with floodwaters from several days of heavy rainfall across the region:

• The Snoqualmie River remains at a Phase 3 flood alert level, with moderate and widespread floodwaters still affecting areas along the river from Carnation through Duvall;
• The South Fork Skykomish River in the northeastern corner of the county is at a Phase 2 flood alert level;
• The White River also remains at a Phase 2 flood alert level, with minor flooding in low-lying areas along the river in the Auburn-Pacific area.

Flood Warning Center employees are monitoring 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.