King County’s Flood Warning Center closed at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, after monitoring moderate flooding along the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers. County workers will continue to monitor river gauges and weather forecasts.
StoryThe King County Flood Warning Center closed at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, after nearly 36 hours of continuous operation to monitor moderate flooding brought about by record rainfall across the region.
The Flood Warning Center opened at 2:45 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, after several hours of intense rainfall across King County pushed the Tolt River to a Phase 2 flood alert level. Steady rain throughout the day drove the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers to Phase 3 flood alert levels, with widespread flooding occurring along both river courses.
King County employees will continue to monitor river gauges and weather reports, and they 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 gauge 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.