Dec. 29, 2011
King County closes Flood Warning Center as Snoqualmie River flows recede
King County closed its Flood Warning Center at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, following almost 24 hours of closely monitoring the Snoqualmie River, which was on the rise because of heavy rainfall in the area.
The Flood Warning Center opened at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 28 after a rainstorm brought significantly higher flows to the Snoqualmie River. Clear weather overnight allowed flows to drop from what had been minor flood levels.
Staff will continue to monitor stream gages and weather reports and provide updated information on river conditions as necessary. Real-time river level information is available online at www.kingcounty.gov/flood.
Updated information on flooding will also be posted on the King County website at www.kingcounty.gov, and via RPIN, the area's regional public information website, at http://www.rpin.org. A recorded flood-information hotline is also updated each hour for citizens wanting information in flood areas. The number is 206-296-8200 or 1-800-945-9263.
Citizens who need help interpreting flood information should call 206-296-4535 or 1-800-768-7932. Problems on County maintained roads can be reported by calling 206-296-8100 or 1-800-KC-ROADS.
An automated flood alert system is now available and provides real-time warning of potential high water on more than a half-dozen rivers. King County residents and business owners can sign up to receive King County Flood Alerts by visiting www.kingcounty.gov/flood, or by calling 206-263-3400 during regular business hours to register by phone. Messages of potential high flows on any of King County’s major river systems can be sent by phone, text or email.
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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. Visit http://www.kingcountyfloodcontrol.org for more information.