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County closes Flood Warning Center as river drops | Photos

Water in the Upper Valley was receding early in the week, but the Northeast 124th Street bridge north of Carnation remained closed well into Tuesday afternoon. County crews re-opened Tolt Hill Road Monday afternoon, but according to the U.S. Geological Survey stream gauges, the Snoqualmie River continued to rise in Duvall until nearly midnight Monday.  - Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo
Water in the Upper Valley was receding early in the week, but the Northeast 124th Street bridge north of Carnation remained closed well into Tuesday afternoon. County crews re-opened Tolt Hill Road Monday afternoon, but according to the U.S. Geological Survey stream gauges, the Snoqualmie River continued to rise in Duvall until nearly midnight Monday.
— image credit: Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

The King County Flood Warning Center closed on Tuesday morning, March 11, after more than two days of around-the-clock operation to monitor flood flows on several rivers.

Flows on the Snoqualmie had risen to low-level flooding in the Lower Valley,

The flood crested Sunday at about 29,000 cubic feet per second at Snoqualmie Falls, three feet above flood stage, according to Floodzilla. In Carnation, the flood reached 29,390 feet at midnight on Monday, with several low-lying roads flooding over and closing. Flood levels were dropping today.

The Flood Warning Center opened at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, in response to minor flooding on the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers. Fueled by a powerful late-winter storm, the Snoqualmie, Tolt and Green rivers all reached Phase III flood alert levels.

Looking ahead, Flood Warning Center staff will continue to monitor stream gages and weather reports, and will provide updated information on river conditions as necessary. Real-time river level information is available online at kingcounty.gov/flood.

Traffic flowed as normal along S.R. 203 Monday afternoon, but flood-related road closures on Friday caused big traffic backups for some commuters.

Fields north of Fall City hold standing water and a large flock of geese Monday afternoon, just off S.R. 202, where someone discarded an umbrella.

Standing water on Northeast 124th Street in the Lower Valley could easily be seen from S.R. 203 Monday afternoon.

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