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Carnation flood forum to provide details, stories

Lower Valley residents have called a second town hall meeting on increased flooding concerns surrounding a Puget Sound Energy modernization project at Snoqualmie Falls.

The town hall is 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Sno Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation.

Meeting organizer Bob Seana has asked officials from King County and Puget Sound Energy to share details and technical information. He called for a larger turnout than the original meeting, held Sunday, July 26, at the center.

"I'm hoping that people are going to bring their stories and pictures," Seana said.

Puget Sound Energy is lowering the Snoqualmie Falls dam by two feet in its modernization project, which begins this fall. The changes at the dam are expected to raise 100-year flood levels about a quart-inch under PSE's analysis, which is based on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers data used in the Snoqualmie 205 river widening project of the early 2000s.

The company was mandated to provide flood protection to the upper Valley as part of its renewed federal license to generate power. However, some Lower Valley residents contend that even the small increase in flood levels is too much, in light of recent severe flooding.

For more information about the meeting, e-mail to Seana at robertseana@hotmail.com.

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