North Bend meeting looks at flood risk from beaver dam on McLeod Lake

King County is working to reduce the threat of flooding to residents living downstream of a large beaver dam that’s been built at McLeod Lake near North Bend. County staff have scheduled a public meeting for May 23 in North Bend to discuss its work over the last several weeks to address the potential flood risks of the beaver dam, which is affecting the elevation of McLeod Lake and flows on Tate Creek. In early April, crews installed a “beaver deceiver” pipe that allows the free passage of water through the beaver dam into Take Creek. The pipe is intended to maintain McLeod Lake at its current elevation, no matter how much higher the dam is built. At the May 23 meeting, which will be in the North Bend Library at 115 E. 4th St. from 6:30-8 p.m., King County staff will discuss the flood risks posed by the beaver dam to neighbors along North Fork Road Southeast and 440th Avenue Southeast. King County will also discuss what to do in case of flooding if the dam breaches. Visit for driving directions to the meeting.
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