Snoqualmie River reaches flood level

Snoqualmie's Sandy Cove Park was under several feet of water Friday morning, Nov. 7, after rising waters put the Snoqualmie River at flood stage.
— image credit: Seth Truscott / Snoqualmie Valley Record

A sudden spurt of heavy rains pushed the Snoqualmie River to flood stage this week.

The United States Geological Survey's Snoqualmie monitoring station showed the river rushing at about 3,000 cubic feet per second above flood level on Friday morning, Nov. 7. Flood level is calculated at 20,000 cfs.

At the USGS gauge at Tanner, the Snoqualmie's Middle Fork had risen to 16,000 cfs on Friday morning. Its normal range for the previous week was around 1,000 cfs.

At Carnation, the Snoqualmie had reached its 54-foot flood stage.

Dennis D'Amico, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle, said local rivers were expected to crest Friday. Rain was expected to ease off over the weekend.

After a dry October, the November rain that rolled in was a bit of a juicy surprise, according to D'Amico.

Typically, November is the Northwest's rainiest month, D'Amico said.

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