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Flood impact, by the numbers
The city of Snoqualmie had a chance to tally up damage from the Jan. 7 flood, and what it will cost to fix it.
Numbers released at the Monday, Jan. 26, Snoqualmie City Council meeting show significant damage to homes, parks, roads and city equipment during the flood, the worst to hit the city in about 20 years.
More than one in three downtown Snoqualmie homes saw flood water enter the living space, according to Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson.
In total, Snoqualmie residents reported $3.2 million in structural losses as of last week, with about $13 million in personal property losses. Costs to the city totaled more than $378,000.
The Northwest Railway Museum reported about $100,000 in uninsured losses.
Troubling for Larson was the fact that 23 downtown homes hit in the 2006 flood had been slated to be raised to prevent flood damage this winter.
Those homes had to endure flood damage all over again. Since the flood, the city has been seeing a renewed response to get those homes off the ground.
Snoqualmie’s planning department, the Meadowbrook Bridge and the former city library on River Street together received about $19,000 in damages.
City Administrator Bob Larson told the council that the city got more than half of its expenses reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the 2006 flood.
Snoqualmie flood facts
• 238: Number of downtown Snoqualmie homes with flooded living spaces
• $3.2 million: Estimated structural losses in Snoqualmie
• $1.3 million: Personal property losses in Snoqualmie
• $378,000: Flood costs to the city
• $283,000: Cost for debris removal
• 18 days: Number of days debris drop-off site was open
• $92,000: Amount of money spent on outside contractors for flood cleanup by the city
• $4,000: Damage to city vehicles caused by the flood
• $37,000: Flood damage to city parks
•$10,000: Flood damage to city roads and shoulders
• 1,000: Overtime hours worked by city employees during the flood
• 200+: Number of volunteers who helped in flood’s wake
• 35+: Number of businesses and civic and church organizations who volunteered to help