PHOTO OF THE DAY: Water world
August 06, 2012
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Minor flooding from Sultan River on Main Street in Sultan, WA 2010. Sky Valley Chronicle photo. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Minor flooding from Sultan River on Main Street in Sultan, WA 2010.
If the 262-feet high Culmbak Dam - about 30 miles up the 84-square mile Sultan River Basin which holds back the huge Spada Lake Reservoir (nearly 1,900 acres) - ever gives way, the area you see here will be under about 21 feet of water in some 30 minutes or less
There are some 17 miles of shoreline to this huge man made lake.
That is why in various places in Sultan you’ll see signs saying “Evacuation Route.” They didn’t put those signs there just to whistle Dixie neither. No siree. It’s gonna be serious as a heart attack if the day ever comes.
The Great Flood through the valley that would be caused by the massive reservoir draining its 50 billion US gallons of water would also inundate portions of Monroe and many other places in the Sky Valley and beyond. And folks would not have much time to get out.
The high water - which would make the Sultan River's 100 year flood estimated flow of 47,000 cubic feet of water per second look like a kiddie car race - would take maybe a week or so to flush out of the valley through the river system.
For thousands of people it would be a Katrina like event (Although nobody in the know on this thing likes to talk about that.)
If you live around these parts might not be a bad idea to have a boat, wet suit and scuba tank at the ready. One just never knows, does one?
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