Precipitation floods river

A snowy weekend followed by warmer, wetter weather was the recipe for flood conditions Monday in the Valley.

The impact of the snow and rain deluge could be seen in the Snoqualmie River, whose fast-moving current, filled with trees and debris including floating car wheels, peaked at 23,100 cubic feet per second at 8:45 p.m. Monday, 3,100 cfs above flood stage. Rising water closed Reinig Road across the Meadowbrook bridge, and homes along Kimball Creek had water closing in on their back porches Monday afternoon.

"We've got a couple things going on here," said John Clemens, spokesman for the Washington Water Science Center at Tacoma, run by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). "We've got a Pineapple Express bringing warm, moist tropical air in.

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