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Flood Warning Committee hears proposals
Reprinted from the Snoqualmie Valley Record,
December 29, 1966
Plans for the proposed dams on the North and
Middle Forks of the Snoqualmie and a proposal to tie the
flood alert system to the various Valley fire departments'
radio warning systems were discussed at the annual
meeting of the Snoqualmie Valley Flood Warning
Committee held Dec. 20.
Ken Bennett, of Flood Control Division, said
the proposed warning system would involve the use of
an operator and transmitter from the Fall City department.
He suggested that the fire chiefs in the area
provide a list of the types of radios and their monitoring
systems and proposed that the fire departments and flood
control personnel meet to work out the details.
Bruce Forbes, also of Flood Control, said that
the Flood Control Center was besieged by phone calls
during the recent high waters. He said their
switchboard was not equipped to handle this volume and Flood
Control personnel could not give advice on local situations.
Several suggestions were made during discussion
of an adequate information system. One proposal was
to provide a taped recording for a phone number to be
published. Sgt. Jack McDonald of the State Patrol said
a similar system had relieved the Patrol switchboard
of requests for road information.
The committee agreed on the need for further
study on the setting up and implementation of an
It was noted that a radio warning system might
overload the fire departments' frequency and telephones,
and the situation in the Carnation-Duvall area was
discussed as it was pointed out that residents there still are
concerned abut the warning system covering the Tolt
Plans call for a detailed study of the proposed
King County Engineer Warren Gonnason reported that the Snoqualmie River dams, as planned by the
Army Engineers, would eliminate the possibility of
100-year floods above the Falls and would reduce the flood
level below the Falls from three to four feet.
He said the Lower Valley would continue to be
subject to high water because of the tributary streams
such as the Tolt and Raging River.
He pointed out that before further work to
control the runoff in the Lower Valley could be undertaken,
it would be necessary to take measures to handle the
runoff in the lower Snohomish Valley.
He said it was his understanding that Puget
Sound Power & Light Company has power rights on the
normal flow of the North Fork of the Snoqualmie
River and that Water District 97 in Bellevue has made
application for a watershed in that drainage.
Also present at the meeting were Fred Hayes of Weyerhaeuser Co., chairman; Robert A.
Hansen, Snoqualmie Falls; Chet Bluher, Fall City Fire
Chief; Gordon Weller, North Bend Fire Chief; Martin
Fringer, Snoqualmie Fire Chief; Lewis Young, Puget
Sound Power; Ken Schmidt, Carnation Fire Chief; Dave
Harder, Duvall Fire Chief; Don Mueller, Civil Defense;
Gordon McIntire, District 410 Superintendent; W.B. Gillespie, Flood Control; Chesley Funk, Duvall;
H.I. Dovenberg and Rogers Firth, Weyerhaeuser Co.
The meeting was originally scheduled for Dec. 13
_ the week's delay was due to high water!