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Washington State Will Be A Memorable Flood Event

 
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ORTING, Wash. -- Emergency crews are already scrambling to assist with evacuations in neighborhoods inundated by rising floodwaters, and most area rivers are not expected to crest until Thursday morning.

"This is going to be a memorable flood event," said Andy Haner, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Seattle.

Hydrologists are predicting record flood levels on the Chehalis, Cowlitz, Puyallup, Stillaguamish and Carbon rivers. These are the same areas where massive flooding in December 2007 cut off towns for days and caused millions in damage.

State transportation Secretary Paula Hammond expects floodwaters will close Interstate 5 by midnight in Lewis County, but state emergency management officials said I-5 may need to be closed in Fife north of the Puyallup River Bridge this evening.

In Orting, residents were being urged to evacuate as waters rise on the Carbon River and South Prairie Creek. Many homes in the area were already flooded and roads had been cut off.

"They expect the town of Orting to go under water," Pierce County sheriff's Detective Ed Troyer said, adding that the flooding could be the worst in more than a decade.

Police were going door-to-door asking residents to leave, and automated phone messages with the evacuation request were also sent out. Fire trucks rolled through with loudspeakers, advising everyone to leave the town and surrounding valley, home to about 26,000 people.

At least three people were rescued by boat Wednesday morning after being trapped by high water outside Orting. Fire and rescue personnel from several agencies launched at least two small motorboats to check an area where neighbors said about two dozen people live.

Diane Knowles of Eatonville said three of her relatives were taken to safety in the rescue operation.

"It came up so fast this time, there wasn't really time to think about it," she said, adding that the family's homes did not appear to be in danger.

In Fife, the mayor declared a state of emergency and asked citizens working and living south of Interstate 5 to begin voluntary evacuation. Mayor Barry Johnson urged displaced residents to seek higher ground by 5 p.m. while official look for a temporary shelter.

Members of the Puyallup Tribe were urged to respond to the Fife Emerald Queen Casino.

As the day progressed floodwaters continued to rise, and firefighters throughout the region used boats, hovercraft and 4x4 vehicles to evacuate people trapped by rising rivers.

An avalanche has caused significant damage to both the Snoqualmie Ski report and two homes nearby. The slide occurred late Wednesday morning at the 140 East Base area of the Snoqualmie Pass Ski area, the Washington State Patrol reports. Two homes at Chamonix Place near Hyak were also hit by the slide. Reports were that one person was briefly trapped inside, but there are no reports of injuries yet.

The homes suffered an estimated $500,000 in damage. The State Patrol reported there is major damage to the actual ski area, and State Route 906 was also washed out in the area.

Officials planned to close the Nisqually entrance to Mount Rainier National Park Wednesday evening as a precautionary measure against flooding.

Over in Skagit County, a mudslide sent a house in Concrete down the hillside into the downtown area near the intersection of Dillard and Division.

Mark Marquette, who lives nearby, told KOMO 1000 News that one woman was briefly trapped inside the house. Neighbors tried to get her free, but were unable to until firefighters arrived pulled her out. The woman was not seriously injured.

Many school districts throughout the region have closed or altered bus routes due to flooding, and some that started on time are sent students home early (see full schools list).

The roads were no better for commuters, who were met Wednesday morning with standing water on roadways, mudslides, and road closures that are changing minute by minute. (Check the latest road alerts for King County, Snohomish County, Skagit County, Thurston County Whatcom County, and Lewis County.)

With the major highway passes in the Cascades closed by avalanche danger, Hammond said it looks as if traffic to Western Washington will be cut off if I-5 is shut down. She called it the "worst of the worst" situation.

In Lewis County, police said the town of Morton is cut off by flooding, and firefighters are working to evacuate residents trapped by floodwaters.

In Clallam County, two state troopers were trapped on State Route 112 for more than 12 hours after the road was cut off by water. The two troopers went to the area about 45 miles west of Port Angeles to help a driver who was stuck, but water covered the road before they were able to leave. They were finally able to get out just before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

King County emergency officials said the Tolt River was running at historically high levels Wednesday afternoon -- the highest levels seen since the river was dammed in the 1960s. The Snoqualmie River could reach levels not seen since 1990.

Stranded cars and water rescues were clogging streets in eastern King County. Even residents in Snoqualmie, who are usually ready for flood conditions, were caught off off-guard by the speed of the rising river.

On Wednesday afternoon, volunteers were filling sandbags that were free for the taking.

Bob Verity and his family got the warning to evacuate early Wednesday morning. They tried to drive out, but it was already too late; the water was waist-deep. The family couldn't walk out as Verity's wife suffers from diabetes and has an artificial leg.

"We needed to get her out of the house. There is no way she can stand in water. And we're not flooded in the house, thank God, but it's getting close," Verity said.

The family had to wait for rescuers to find a boat and pull them to safety.

Officials in Whatcom County declared an emergency to help deal with flooded roads and mudslides.

Police Lt. Rick Sucee said small creeks are now rivers and ditches are overflowing. He said mudslides have hit at least three homes and left been left in 4 feet of mud. Some slides were in the Acme area where water has closed Highway 9. The Mount Baker Highway also is closed.

Sucee said the main street in Bellingham, Meridian, was covered with water. And water was up to the doors of businesses on Iowa Street, the city's auto row. There are no reports of injuries.

Heavy snow and avalanche danger in the mountains has forced the closure of Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass, and Stevens Pass has been closed since Tuesday afternoon.

Flood warnings are in effect for several rivers, meaning flooding is occurring or imminent. Here are the forecasts for those rivers currently on Flood Warning. All others remain on Flood Watch. (Updated 4:35 p.m. Wednesday)

[link to www.komonews.com]
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And it's still raining!
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Traffic alerts.
[link to www.wsdot.wa.gov]


[link to www.wrh.noaa.gov]


flood alerts

[link to forecast.weather.gov]
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And it's still raining!
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It's going to be really bad this year with all the snowfall we received! Now all this rain and warmer temps melting the snow at a rapid rate. I live 4 miles from the Nooksac river, and it's all over the roads, Highways, and flooding homes, and yeah still pouring!
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Photos are already starting to 'pour' in. [link to ispot.kirotv.com]

Latest Headlines from Kirotv.com ›› Wonder what the list will look like tomorrow.

Tacoma Declares Civil Emergency

State May Close I-5 In Fife

Floodwaters To Cover I-5 In Lewis County

Massive Slide At Hyak Damages Homes

6,000 Fife Residents Urged To Evacuate

Evacuations Urged In Downtown Snoqualmie

All 3 Passes Through Cascades Closed
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I live 4 miles from the Nooksac river, and it's all over the roads, Highways, and flooding homes, and yeah still pouring!
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People are reporting that the rivers are rising way faster than than the models forecasted. Stay safe, OP.
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bsflag lmao
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I live 4 miles from the Nooksac river, and it's all over the roads, Highways, and flooding homes, and yeah still pouring!


People are reporting that the rivers are rising way faster than than the models forecasted. Stay safe, OP.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 588328



Yeah, I can hear the river now! Had a few creeks within a mile too. I'm sure we will be fine, but I will feel better when this storm passes. First high wind season in October, then Snow with Arctic temps, then Rain with flooding and Mudslides, the back to high winds with falling trees power outages, then finally spring!

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More than 25,000 people were told to leave their homes in the Puyallup River Valley Wednesday, while floodwaters threatened to close Interstate 5 in two places and the city of Tacoma declared a state of emergency in the face of major to record flooding inundating most Western Washington river basins.
[link to seattlepi.nwsource.com]


this will be an historical flooding event....

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stay safe to 588328.
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I will take the flood as it means all this snow is melting. We ha more snow in Eastern Washington than ever before.

It was almost 50 degrees today -the meltoff has begun, and I am glad....
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Jeez, guess I'm glad I live on high ground then!

Seriously though, when I've talked with people about keeping a pantry stocked, I've said how vulnerable we are to a transportation disruption here, there are so few roads in and out of the area, if they close I-5, that's where ALL the groceries and supplies come in. A couple of bridges down from an earthquake (god forbid) could have a serious long term impact on NW Washington & the whole area.

Same with Vancouver, B.C., Canada, there are hardly any ways in and out of there, it's just squished against the ocean at the foot of the mountains.

Of course all this same talk about bottlenecks for supplies in, applies to anything like an evacuation out of here. Really if anything ever happened, no one would be going ANYWHERE.
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How many feet of snow before it just started melting?
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CAMP MURRAY, WASH., - The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) began a Phase III activation at 8 a.m. today due to statewide flooding as well as significant landslide and avalanche hazards.

Gov. Christine Gregoire’s office was notified when the State EOC activated. Her staff will receive periodic updates on the flood situation.

KING

The National Weather Service says a series of Pacific storms will drop heavy rain in the Olympics and Cascades, potentially flooding some Western Washington rivers.

Washingtonians should consider the following preparedness actions:

• Respect road closures, be aware of potential landslides and don’t attempt to drive through standing water.

• Listen to radio and television stations for local information and weather reports.

The State EOC activation will include personnel from the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) and other key state agencies, including the departments of Agriculture, Transportation; Health, Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources, Social and Health Services, Washington National Guard, Ecology and the Washington State Patrol.

Staff from the American Red Cross and the Washington Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster also are reporting.

Two counties – Thurston and Whatcom – already have declared emergencies because of flooding and landslides.

The State Enhanced 911 Office, in cooperation with local telephone carriers, reminds people across the state:

• To stay off the telephone unless you have a critical need to make a telephone call. Remember a FAX or a computer also uses a telephone line and its use may affect your ability to get immediate help in a life-threatening emergency.

• DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless you need an emergency response from police, fire or emergency medical personnel.

• If you experience other types of problems not related to these emergency services, call the appropriate telephone number for those services.

• If you pick up your telephone to make a call and do not hear a dial tone, DO NOT HANG UP. Simply wait a few seconds, and you will get a dial tone and be able to make your call.

[link to www.krem.com]


Looks like the temps in Spokane are warming up too.

They broke records for snowfall, over 6 ft+, they will get hit hard too.

[link to www.krem.com]
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this will be an historical flooding event....
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I agree.

Komo 1000 radio talked a lot about you guys up in Bellingham. You're in for a wild ride!

We, in Seattle, are in the rain shadow so we are lucky. I was down in Pierce county earlier and it was pouring buckets non-stop... couldn't even see the road as I was driving.
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i work for an online school, just had a student from WA calling in tears about being evacuated, saying "i just saw my neighbors house being torn down and floating away"

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Jeez, guess I'm glad I live on high ground then!

Seriously though, when I've talked with people about keeping a pantry stocked, I've said how vulnerable we are to a transportation disruption here, there are so few roads in and out of the area, if they close I-5, that's where ALL the groceries and supplies come in. A couple of bridges down from an earthquake (god forbid) could have a serious long term impact on NW Washington & the whole area.

Same with Vancouver, B.C., Canada, there are hardly any ways in and out of there, it's just squished against the ocean at the foot of the mountains.

Of course all this same talk about bottlenecks for supplies in, applies to anything like an evacuation out of here. Really if anything ever happened, no one would be going ANYWHERE.
 Quoting: mercury2



Yeah with the ground heavy with snow, rain, and water, weight on the ground, sure don't need any stress on fault lines.

Remember the flooding in Centralia dec 2007 that left the town under 10 feet of water! Levees, and dikes that never got the repairs needed.....Supposed to be worst!
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Of course all this same talk about bottlenecks for supplies in, applies to anything like an evacuation out of here. Really if anything ever happened, no one would be going ANYWHERE.
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It's scary when you think about it. The shelves were bare just from the snow storm. Hopefully, everyone is waking up and preparing the best they can.

I hear Orting is doing a good job with people helping each other, and places like Vashon are doing a great job at become self-sufficient.
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How many feet of snow before it just started melting?
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we got 5 ft, 15 miles from mt Baker...I can finally see my porch, car, and the streets again. Still lots of snow in the yard though....I just hope we dont get the nooksac river in the yard next!
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We ha more snow in Eastern Washington than ever before.
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What was the final total? It was more than 6', wasn't it?
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Just watched a helicopter TV video and it's enough to make you cry.
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Check out the picture of this person driving down the highway and into what looks like a "river". That freaks me out!

[link to blogs.thenewstribune.com]
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stay safe everyone. I agree my supplies will be fine, but many are running low due to the snowfall and roads closed...


Now this....Man what a mess....Looks like some Gale warnings too. We sure don't need any storm surges added to this mix....
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This needs a pin for the next day or two: :bump:
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This needs a pin for the next day or two: :bump:
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I`m in Shelton, Wa. and downtown is flooded and school will be delayed by two hours. From what I am hearing on the news though it is much worse in other areas never heard of Fife being evacuated our Amtrack canceling all runs.I hope my sweetie gets home soon he works in Olympia.Crazy.
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Jeez, guess I'm glad I live on high ground then!

Seriously though, when I've talked with people about keeping a pantry stocked, I've said how vulnerable we are to a transportation disruption here, there are so few roads in and out of the area, if they close I-5, that's where ALL the groceries and supplies come in. A couple of bridges down from an earthquake (god forbid) could have a serious long term impact on NW Washington & the whole area.

Same with Vancouver, B.C., Canada, there are hardly any ways in and out of there, it's just squished against the ocean at the foot of the mountains.

Of course all this same talk about bottlenecks for supplies in, applies to anything like an evacuation out of here. Really if anything ever happened, no one would be going ANYWHERE.
 Quoting: mercury2



LOL... We're on the I-5 corridor in NW Washington state so I hear what you're saying. We have quads and dirtbikes:)
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I live here in the Puget Sound (400ft above sea level, no rivers nearby, no doom for me). The flood watch ends tomorrow morning... but we'll probably have another by next week. At least it's not snowing anymore.
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Here in N. Snohomish county our school district is totally closed tomorrow. They've evacuated a large nursing home and moved the residents to the high school in our town. On the drive home tonight there were two SUV's stranded in standing water up to their doors.

Kind of sucks because now my kids have friends staying the night and hanging out all day tomorrow and I can hear them destroying Ozzy Osborne's Crazy Train on Guitar Hero World Tour... drums and all.
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There's a lot of GLPers in the area, aren't there. I always thought there were a lot of us out here in the PNW. A lot in BC too.
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Read a blog off accuweather yesterday from a met talking about how bad it was gonna get,floods from rain plus snow melt and weight on people roofs from snow and rain.

Hope everyone comes out of this safe.
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west washington is goin gunder any way in the EQ/tsunami to come
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Hello,
I don't know if my user # changed, since my last post my power, phone went out at 4am. I just got power and comcast service around midnight.

Corps Of Engineers released water from a dam a flooded a town, and a levee broke somewhere....gets catching up on news.

Mt Baker hwy was closed due to nocksac river over many parts of the hwy, and a mudslide 8 ft deep closed the hwy. North pass, and south pass was closed, and I was totally cut off. Still no mail or garbage service since dec 11th, I'm hoping the hwys are open....will check wsdot in a min...

I have a small creek that runs from the mountain, that turned into a river overnight! A waterfall cascading down from the mountain could be heard 2 blocks away! I didn't even know where the water source for the creek was until now! The waterfall is very beautiful, but has turned the little creek into a river, and has flooded our streets.

Looks like Washington State was totally isolated for a while too! Wow!
Floods shut major routes between Washington, Oregon
[link to www.cnn.com]


my local news
[link to www.bellinghamherald.com]

Levees breached in Stanwood, Snohomish
[link to www.heraldnet.com]

[link to seattlepi.nwsource.com]


I hope all Washington state glpers are warm, safe and dry....


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