The King County Flood Warning Center closed atfcd_color_logo 6 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, after two days of ‘round-the-clock operations during widespread flooding brought on by a powerful winter storm that dropped several inches of rain across portions the county.
The Flood Warning Center opened at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, after heavy rainfall sent the Tolt River into a Phase 2 flood alert level. The Tolt River eventually reached a Phase 4 flood alert, with significant widespread flooding occurring along the river upstream of Carnation.
The Snoqualmie River reached a Phase 3 flood alert level, with moderate widespread flooding in the Snoqualmie Valley. Floodwaters continue to impact portions of the lower Snoqualmie Valley as river levels slowly recede. The South Fork Skykomish River also reached a Phase 3 flood alert level.
The White, Green and Cedar rivers all reached Phase 2 flood alert level, with minor impacts along those waterways.
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.
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.
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.