Heavy rain causes flooding in county

January 7, 2009

By Staff

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Jan. 7, 2008

Continued heavy rain is causing numerous travel hazards all across King County this morning.

Flooding on Issaquah Creek closed the southbound lane of Issaquah-Hobart Road below Highway 18 just south of Tiger Mountain at about 8 a.m. The high flows have undermined the road and damaged a section of guardrail, so it will be some time before state road crews are able to assess the extent of damage and make repairs. During the closure, southbound traffic should use 244th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 216th Street.

Mudslides are also being reported due to the prolonged heavy rain and saturated soils. Jones Road at 196th Avenue Southeast off of state Route 169 between Maple Valley and Renton has been closed due to a slide. Another significant slide has been reported on Lake Dorothy Road east of 468th Avenue Southeast near North Bend. The county does not currently have an estimate as to when those slides will be cleared.

Several roads in the Snoqualmie Valley are closed due to river flooding this morning. The Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers are experiencing major flooding, so more road closures should be expected as higher flows move through the Snoqualmie River system.

Given the severity of the storm, residents should use extreme caution when traveling, especially in flood prone areas of the county. Urban flooding from swollen creeks, overwhelmed storm drains, river flooding and mudslides can also be expected until the heavy rain moves out of the area.

King County Road Services Division crews will continue to monitor roads prone to flooding and make closures as necessary. Motorists are again warned of the dangers associated with driving through deep standing water or around barricades and road closure signs.

Motorists who spot a problem on a county-maintained road should report it by calling 206-296-8100 or 1-800-KC ROADS. Staff at the King County Flood Warning Center will also continue to monitor river gauges and provide updates to residents in flood prone areas. Residents can call the center’s recorded information hotline at 206-296-8200.

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