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Flooding And Flood Warnings Continue On Many Western Washington Rivers
February 05, 2018




CLICK TO ENLARGE. Snohomish River in Snohomish, WA at major flood stage of 30.55 feet at 10 pm on Jan. 17, 2011 floods houses at First & Lincoln streets. Sky Valley Chronicle photo.
Chronicle Staff

UPDATE 2:00 pm 2/5/18: The Flood Warning has ended for the following rivers in Washington state: Snohomish River near Monroe affecting Snohomish County.

The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in Washington: Snohomish River at Snohomish affecting Snohomish County. Snoqualmie River near Carnation affecting King County. White River at R Street affecting King and Pierce Counties.

The National Weather Service says most rivers have crested or are nearing their crests now with the exception of the White River. Enhanced showers this morning over the central WA Cascades had a few rivers, including the Pilchuck River, heading back up briefly but will not cause additional flooding.

Only light showers at times will be over the area for the next several days, allowing all rivers to recede.

The Flood Warning continues for The Snohomish River at the city of Snohomish Until Tuesday afternoon.At 9:00 AM Monday the stage was 26.2 feet. Flood stage is 25.0 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.

The river was cresting as of 10:30 am at around 26.3 feet and then began to fall on it`s way to below flood stage tonight. Impact at 25.0 feet: the Snohomish River will cause minor flooding of lowlands not protected by levees and on the Old Snohomish-Monroe highway.

A stage of 25 feet on the Snohomish River corresponds to a Phase 2 in the Snohomish County flood program.

End Update: original story below



(REGIONAL) – You know it’s winter time in western Washington when the rain just doesn't stop pounding in the mountains and lowlands and the rivers swell up and overflow banks.

It’s like death and taxes. You know it’s coming and you have to deal with it.

Although the heavy rains have ended in the Cascades, the upper reaches of many rivers started to crest Sunday night, with those flood crests moving downstream Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s a rundown of the rain-swollen fat, fast moving rivers as of early Monday.

~ Flood warning continues for the Pilchuck River near Snohomish until Monday night as minor flooding is occurring and more minor flooding is forecast. At 9 pm Sunday, the river’s stage was at 18.0 feet and flood stage is 18.3 feet. The river was expected to fully crest at 10 pm Sunday night at 18.5 feet. It will fall below flood stage late Monday morning.

At 18 feet the river spills over its banks flooding residence and roads in low lying areas along the river from Granite Falls downstream through the Lake Stevens area and Snohomish, including areas around Sexton Road and Orchard Avenue in Snohomish.

~ Late last night the Green River in King County was in flood phase two (2). Minor flooding is expected in rural lowland areas upstream of Auburn. Phase 2 is not a major flood threat to the urban areas of the Green River Valley.

~ Flood warnings continue for the Tolt River near Carnation affecting King County and the Snoqualmie River near the Falls (and Carnation) also affecting King County and the White River at R Street affecting King and Pierce Counties.

~ Flood warning continues for the Snohomish River at the city of Snohomish until Wednesday afternoon. At 8 pm Sunday the river’s stage was 25.1 feet and flood stage is 25 feet. On Sunday minor flooding was occurring and more was forecast for Monday with the river expected to crest near 27.3 feet around 3 pm Monday and then fall below flood stage Tuesday night. At 27 feet the Snohomish River will flood several roads including the Snohomish - Monroe Highway and low areas in the valley that are not protected by levees.

As always, you’re advised to NOT drive any vehicles through flooded areas as that’s how most people die in this state during floods.





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