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King County Flood Warning Center closes as rainfall eases and river flows recede

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King County’s Flood Warning Center is closing at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, following more than 24 hours of continuous operation in response to major flooding along the Snoqualmie River and moderate flooding on the Tolt River. Workers will continue to monitor river gages and weather forecasts.

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The King County Flood Warning Center is closing at 10 p.m.fcd_color_logo on Tuesday, Oct. 22, as flows continue to recede along the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers, where flooding occurred from heavy rainfall on Oct. 21.

The Flood Warning Center opened at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21 after an intense fall storm dumped several inches of rain across the central Cascade Mountains. Rainfall swiftly brought the Snoqualmie River to a Phase 4 flood alert level, with significant flooding across much of the Snoqualmie Valley. 

The Tolt River, also driven by heavy rainfall, reached a Phase 3 flood alert level that included moderate widespread flooding in low-lying areas along the river upstream of Carnation.

King County employees will continue to monitor stream 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.