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SLIDESHOW: Flood crest nears for Snoqualmie, Carnation

River flow predictions say the crest of flooding on the Snoqualmie River will happen this afternoon in the Upper Valley, early tomorrow in the Lower Valley.

The Snoqualmie River is currently at a Phase III flood stage at 29,600 cubic feet per second (cfs) at Snoqualmie Falls, where it is expected to crest at or below 36,000 cfs at approximately 5 p.m. today. Though the river will continue to rise for a few more hours, all tributaries are showing negative flow.

Lower Valley

At Carnation, the river is currently at 29,870 cfs, or 56.6 feet. Flood stage is 54 feet.

The River is expected to crest at 5 a.m. Friday at 58 feet.

These predicted crests are comparable to the two past floods the Snoqualmie has endured this season, on January 16-17, 2011, and Dec. 12-13, 2010, but below the major flood endured on January 7-8, 2009.

Roads close

Two roads in Snoqualmie are closed at this time and will likely reopen Friday morning. Residents on the 9900 block of Boalch Avenue and those on the 38200 block of Southeast Northern Street will be unable to access their homes with their vehicles. Vehicles parked on those blocks are unable to be moved. Residents returning to their homes will need to temporarily park their vehicles elsewhere.

There is temporary parking available at the Snoqualmie Community Park on Snoqualmie Ridge at the corner of SE Ridge Street and Warren Ave SE. There is also street parking available on adjacent open roads.
Snoqualmie’s Emergency Operation Center can be reached at (425) 888-5911. It will remain open until 8 p.m. tonight unless conditions worsen.

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