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March 5, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Heavy rain causing minor river flooding around Puget Sound

Minor flooding is occurring at lowland areas of the Snoqualmie and Green rivers, while a flood advisory continues for portions of Western Washington and a flood warning is in effect for the Skokomish River in Mason County.

The Green River is in flood phase 2; flooding is expected in rural lowland areas upstream of Auburn but is not a major threat to the urban areas of the Green River Valley, the King County Flood Center said.

The Snoqualmie River near Carnation is forecast to have minor flooding in the lowland areas, according to the National Weather Service. West Snoqualmie River Road Northeast between Northeast Tolt Hill Road and Carnation Golf Course closed Wednesday morning because of water over the roadway.

Minor flooding is also forecast at the Puyallup River near Orting in Pierce County and the Cowlitz River at Randle in Lewis County, according to the weather service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.

The Weather Service issued a flood warning today for the Skokomish River near Potlatch affecting Mason County, where the river reached flood stage and will continue to rise before receding tonight. Some areas of the Skokomish Basin received nearly 4 inches of rain Tuesday and 2 to 5 inches of rain is expected today through Thursday.

A flood watch remains in effect for portions of Western Washington, including King, Pierce and Snohomish counties through Thursday night. One to 4 inches of rain has fallen over Western Washington since early Tuesday morning, heaviest at the coast, over the Olympic Mountains and in the Central Cascades. Another 2 to 6 inches is forecast in the mountains and 1 to 1-1/2 inches is forecast for the Puget Sound region.

Dockton Road Southwest at Portage Way on Vashon Island closed because of a mudslide, according to the King County Road Services Division. The closure is expected to last through Thursday’s commute to allow crews to remove debris. In Algona, 56th Place South between South 364th Place and West Valley Highway South closed after a mudslide around noon. Southeast 24th Street between West Snoqualmie River Road Northeast and 309th Avenue Southeast in Fall City is closed because of water over the roadway.

Comments | More in Weather Beat | Topics: National Weather Service, Snoqualmie River


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