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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 21 at 10:43 AM

Here are the latest storm and traffic updates as they come into KING 5 News:

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11:00 p.m.: There will be no more minute-by-minute updates after 11 p.m.

10:55 p.m.: WSDOT is closing US 12 at Randle at Milepost 115 after the Cowlitz River overflowed. It's unknown how much water is on the roadway and how long the closure will last.

10:10 p.m.: Three shelters remain open in Pierce County.

Sunrise Baptist Church at 12115 Shaw Rd. E. in Puyallup is open and is a pet-friendly shelter. This means there is a building or covered outside shelter for pets. Owners are asked to bring all pet supplies such as food, bowls, leashes, blankets, etc. for their animal.

Evergreen Presbyterian in Graham is closed at this time.

Two American Red Cross shelters remain open as well and can accommodate service animals with their owners: Cedar Springs Community Church is opened on 13314 224th E. in Graham, Buckley Hall at 147 N. River Road in Buckley.

9:54 p.m.: River flooding continues to take its toll on Snoqualmie Valley roads - impacts that could linger through much of the week.

Residents living near the Snoqualmie River should be aware that severe flooding will likely cause additional roads to be closed as the high flows make their way downstream. While the river is expected to crest at Carnation on Thursday morning, the flooding may be severe enough to limit travel in many areas until the water recedes.

Therefore motorists should use extreme caution when traveling and monitor the latest road closure information before heading out for the morning commute. If you must drive in areas being impacted by flooding, you are reminded never to drive around barricades or through standing water.

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9:35 p.m.: Pierce County residents are asked to call 9-1-1 only for life threatening emergencies. Other information about flooding situations can be obtained by listening to local news reports, going to city web sites, or calling the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center at 253-798-7470.

Flood waters are beginning to recede in some parts of Pierce County but rising in others. The Carbon River at Fairfax was recorded at 15.3 feet this evening at 7 p.m. Flood state is 13.5 feet. It is expected to remain above flood levels until sometime around 10 a.m. Thursday.

The Puyallup River at Orting, registering at 10.27 at 7 p.m., is expected to remain above flood stage until 10 p.m. Thursday, when it drops below the 7.85 feet.

Meanwhile, the Puyallup in Puyallup is expected to remain inside its borders, cresting at 28 feet sometime around 10 p.m. tonight. Flood stage is 30 feet.

Water is still rising on the Nisqually River near Randall and is expected to crest about 10 p.m. tonight at slightly over 13 feet. It isn't expected to fall below the flood stage of 10 feet until about 10 p.m. on Friday evening.

9:22 p.m.: Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park has received 8 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. The Nisqually River is 12 feet above flood stage (the record was 13.1 feet in Nov. 2006). Kautz Creek has spread beyond stream channel and is flowing across Nisqually Road in two places. Longmire residents may remain in the park.

8:30 p.m.: Heavy rains and rapidly rising rivers has forced several road closures in the outlining areas of Carnation. Fire officials with Eastside Fire & Rescue have increased staffing with additional water rescue technicians and a ham radio operator at Station 85 in Carnation in anticipation and planning of the flood situation.

Fire crews continue to work closely with King County Emergency Management, King County Roads Division and the City of Carnation in monitoring the situation to ensure that the public is notified if any evacuations take place. No evacuations have been ordered at this time.

Motorists are urged to be cautious when driving and should stay tuned to their radios if needing to travel during flooding conditions. Motorists are also reminded never to drive around road closure signs or through any standing water.

Roads currently closed for the areas of Carnation include: Neal Rd. closed at SR203, NE 100th St. between W. Snoqualmie Valley Rd. NE and NE Carnation Farms Rd., NE Tolt Hill Rd. between SR203 and W. Snoqualmie River Rd. NE, W. Snoqualmie River Rd. NE between SE 24th St. and NE Tolt Hill Rd.

Red Cross Shelter: King County/Preston Park Community Center - 8625 310th Ave. SE, Preston, WA 98050. Residents are asked to bring - toiletries including toothpaste, blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, clothing, towels, and washcloths. Pets are not allowed in shelters.

7:19 p.m.: All lanes of SR 410 are closed at the Greenwater River (milepost 41), east of Enumclaw, for crews to clear a landslide that is approximately 50 feet long and as high as 20 feet. or call 5-1-1.

7:17 p.m.: The Snoqualmie River near Snoqualmie crested at approximately 4 p.m. At this time, the river level is 44,400 cfs and is expected to recede later this evening.

The Snoqualmie Emergency Operations Center will continue to monitor river levels and offer emergency information and assistance until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12. It will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 13. Those in need of assistance may call 425-888-5911.

The warming shelter at the Snoqualmie Fire Station closed at 7:00 p.m. Those requiring overnight shelter may contact the American Red Cross at 206-323-2345.

Road closures continue at Northern at Pickering Court; SE Mill Pond Rd from Meadowbrook Bridge to Tokul Rd SE; SE Reinig Rd from 396th Drive SE to Meadowbrook Bridge; and Cedar at Fir. Road closure updates are available on the .

5:54 p.m.: The Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management is preparing for river crests through the night and early Thursday morning on the Snohomish River in Monroe and Snohomish.

River levels on the Skykomish and Stillaguamish rivers crested earlier than expected and forecasts late Wednesday favored Snohomish River crests below initial predictions.

The Snohomish River in Monroe is expected to crest near 4 a.m. Thursday at 19.4 feet, more than 4 feet above flood stage. At Snohomish, the river should crest at 30.39 feet, about five feet above flood stage.

5:48 p.m.: King County Executive Ron Sims declares an emergency. The emergency declaration allows King County departments to enter into contracts and incur obligations necessary to protect and provide emergency assistance to victims of flooding.

To report flooded roadways or flooding storm drains in King County, call 206-296-8100.

5:06 p.m.: New flood warning: Newaukum River at Chehalis. Minor flooding expected. Will crest tomorrow morning.

5:00 p.m.: KING 5's Jim Forman reports people are sandbagging in Snoqualmie.

4:59 p.m.: Flooding and water over the roadways is reported in the outlining areas of North Bend, but no evacuations have taken place.

Roads currently closed for the areas of North Bend include: North Fork Rd. SE at Sunday Creek Bridge, 17 miles northeast of North Bend, SE 92nd St. between 428th Ave. SE and 436th Ave. SE, 428th Ave. SE from SE Reinig Rd. to SE 79th St./North Fork Rd. (Use posted Hancock Timber/Weyerhaeuser Main Line Road as alternate in an emergency).

4:57 p.m.: WSDOT says the SR 169 Kummer Bridge over the Green River near Black Diamond may stay closed until Friday because of soil movement below the bridge. Bridge and soil experts might not be able to make an accurate assessment of the situation until the morning.

4:53 p.m.: Update from City of Snoqualmie: Flooding is occurring in the downtown Snoqualmie neighborhoods of Pickering Court, Walnut, Spruce, Park, Mountain Avenue, and Mountain Drive. Sandbags and sand are available at the King Street parking lot downtown Snoqualmie.

Residents in those areas should evacuate immediately.

Parking is available at the Community Park parking lot on Snoqualmie Ridge and on Ridge Street in front of Cascade View Elementary School.

Temporary daytime shelter is available at the Snoqualmie Fire Station at 37600 SE Snoqualmie Parkway. The location of an overnight shelter, if needed, will be announced later today.

Roads currently closed in Snoqualmie: Northern at Pickering Court; SE Mill Pond Rd from Meadowbrook Bridge to Tokul Rd SE; SE Reinig Rd from 396th Drive SE to Meadowbrook Bridge; and Cedar at Fir.

4:30 p.m.: The White Pass School District reports it will start two hours late tomorrow.

4:28 p.m.: From Pierce Co. Crisis Communications: At approximately 3:50 p.m., a Puyallup Fire Department and Pierce County Sheriff's Department swift water rescue team responded to a distress call at a residence in the South Prairie area. Reports from the residents, who live in a bus, say that floodwaters crept up on them, and are now beginning to carry the bus away.

4:27 p.m.: The golf course in Fall City is completely under water, according to the owner.

4:03 p.m.: WSDOT says SR 202 is closed from SR 203 to Fish Hatcher Road due to one foot of standing water. SR 203 is open and passable, although water is approaching the roadway near milepost 2 and they may have to reassess. Cars can be seen driving through deep water on SR 202 in Fall City.

3:47 p.m.: Both directions of the SR 169 Green River bridge are closed due to slide movement.

3:40 p.m.: Here is the latest list of flood warnings from KING 5 Meteorologist Jeff Renner. Here is how to read these:

River/Location-Severity/When it will crest

Puyallup/Orting-Record/Thursday Night

Skagit/Concrete-Major/Thursday Night

Snoqualmie/Carnation-Major/Friday AM

Tolt/Carnation-Major/Thursday PM

Snohomish/Snohomish-Major/Saturday AM

Snohomish/Monroe-Major/Friday Night

Skykomish/Gold Bar-Major Expected/Thursday PM

Niqually/National-Major Expected/Friday Evening

Carbon/Fairfax-Major Expected/Thursday PM

Cowlitz/Packwood-Major Expected/Thursday PM

Cowlitz/Randle-Major Expected/Thursday Night

Skokomish/Potlatch-Major Possible/Thursday PM

Skagit/Mt. Vernon-Moderate/Friday PM

Chehalis River/Grand Mound-Minor/Until Friday AM

Stillaguamish/Arlington-Minor/Until Thursday AM

Nooksack/Ferndale-Minor/Thursday PM

Nooksack/N.Cedarville-Minor/Thursday AM

Cedar/Renton-Minor/Thursday Evening

Cedar/Landsburg-Minor/thursday PM

Snoqualmie/Falls-Minor/Thursday Evening

Deschutes/Rainier-Minor/Thursday AM

Puyallup/Puyallup-Minor/Thursday PM

Satsop/Satsop-Minor/Thursday AM

3:34 p.m.: Flooding is beginning to occur in the downtown Snoqualmie neighborhoods of Pickering Court, Walnut, Spruce, Park, Mountain Avenue, and Mountain Drive. Evacuation is highly recommended in those areas.

3:14 p.m.: Approximately 350 residents in the Sumner area are being urged to evacuate from the following areas.

--Rainier Manor

--Rivergrove Apartments

--Riverwalk Condos (only units directly adjacent to the Puyallup River)

In addition, East Pierce Fire and Rescue is also recommending evacuations to homes in the Riverbend area and Bowman-Hilton areas, both of which are south of the City of Sumner city limits.

3:10 p.m.: Pierce County emergency management officials are warning citizens to stay off the levees and banks of the Carbon, Nisqually, and Puyallup rivers. Hazardous conditions make the water levels on all of the rivers unpredictable and dangerous.

2:57 p.m.: The Red Cross is opening more shelters in Snohomish County

--Red Cross Shelter at VOA Sky Valley Camp, 701 First Street, Sultan, WA 98294

--Red Cross Shelter at The Rock Church, 16891 146th Street SE, Monroe, WA 98272

2:53 p.m.: Two more shelters are opening up in Pierce County. Here is the updated list:

--Cedar Springs Community Church - Red Cross - is opened on 13314 224th E. in Graham.

--Sunrise Baptist Church - 12115 Shaw Rd East in Puyallup. This shelter is pet friendly.

--Prairie Ridge Community Center, 14104 Prairie Ridge Drive E. in Bonney Lake.

--Buckley Hall, 147 N. River Road in Buckley.

--Evergreen Presbyterian, 10118 249th St. in Graham. This shelter is pet friendly.

A pet-friendly shelter is an emergency shelter that has another building or a covered outside space for pets. Owners are asked to bring all pet supplies such as food, bowls, leashes, blankets, etc.

2:47 p.m.: WSDOT reports a three-mile section of Chuckanut Drive (SR 11) will remain closed for several weeks after a rockslide Monday, Nov. 10, sent boulders the size of cars crashing on to the road south of Bellingham.

2:46 p.m.: From Sumner School District: Limited Bus Transportation due to voluntary evacuation in areas along the Puyallup River for students residing in the Rivergrove, Riverwalk, Bowman-Hilton, Southfork and Riverbend areas and along Riverside Road from Hwy 162 to Knudsen Bulb farm.

2:45 p.m.: Skagit Co. Emergency Operations reports Hamilton Baptist Church in Skagit County has opened as a shelter. The Skagit River is expected to crest at Concrete at 4 a.m. and in Mt. Vernon at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

2:34 p.m.: Flood warnings are cancelled for the following rivers: Bogachiel River near La Push, the south fork of the Nooksack River at Saxson Bridge and the south fork of the Stillguamish River near Granite Falls.

2:31 p.m.: A flood warning has been cancelled for small streams in Skagit and Whatcom counties. The flood warning continues until 9 p.m. for small streams in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Lewis and Mason counties.

2:28 p.m.: The National Weather Service has cancelled flood watches in Mason, Kitsap, Clallam, Whatcom and Skagit counties. That simply means that no NEW flooding is expected. However, CURRENT flood warnings are still in effect.

Flood watches continue for King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. A flood watch means that flooding is possible but not occurring at this time. CURRENT flood warnings are still in effect.

2:06 p.m.: A homeowner on W. Richmond Road in Bothell says a hillside behind his house is now a flow of mud. Mud is flowing between the two houses he owns. The boat he had his trailer on is now mired in mud.

1:50 p.m.: Pierce County Executive Pro-tem Shawn Bunney has signed a Proclamation of Emergency due to projected flood warnings for the Puyallup, Nisqually and Carbon rivers from the wind and rain storm that started November 11th.

The proclamation allows Pierce County departments and Emergency Management to take emergency actions and provide emergency services to protect health and safety of persons and properties.

1:46 p.m.: SR 162 near Orting is open to local traffic only due to flood waters over the roadway.

1:45 p.m.: There is another pet-friendly emergency shelter opening in Pierce County. The Prairie Ridge Community Center, 14205 215th Ave. E in Bonney Lake is available for those people evacuating from the flooding rivers.

A pet-friendly shelter is an emergency shelter that has another building or a covered outside space for pets. Owners are asked to bring all pet supplies such as food, bowls, leashes, blankets, etc.

1:38 p.m.: There's a pile of sand on Main Street in Sultan. People are filling sandbags and placing them along the Skykomish River, trying to protect buildings from floodwater. The Skykomish has already closed roads in nearby Gold Bar.

1:22 p.m.: Snoqualmie's mayor has declared a State of Emergency due to heavy flooding. Flooding is beginning to occur in the downtown Snoqualmie neighborhoods of Pickering Court, Walnut, Spruce, Park, Mountain Avenue, and Mountain Drive. Evacuation is highly recommended in those areas.

Residents in the floodplain of Snoqualmie should make all emergency flood preparations possible. Sandbags and sand are available for filling at the King Street parking lot downtown Snoqualmie.

Temporary daytime shelter is available at the Snoqualmie Fire Station at 37600 SE Snoqualmie Parkway. An overnight shelter, if needed, will be established at Twin Falls Middle School at 46910 SE Middle Fork Road in North Bend.

1:18 p.m.: From Eatonville School District: Select early release within the next two hours for students that reside along and South of the Nisqually River. Activity buses for this afternoon have been cancelled.

1:16 p.m.: Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon has issued an emergency declaration to respond to flooding throughout the area.

The emergency declaration frees up county resources for quicker response to flooding impacts and helps the county document damages for federal reporting.

"Our primary goal is public safety during these floods, and this emergency declaration will enhance the efforts we already are making," Reardon said.

The Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management earlier urged residents along Tualco Loop Road, Tester Road and 164th/Ben Howard Road to prepare for evacuation due to rising flood waters on the Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers. Voluntary evacuations also were occurring in Index, Sultan and Gold Bar as waters from the Skykomish and Wallace rivers began to overflow.

12:56 p.m.: From the Monroe School District: Due to flooding there will be no bus service on Tualco loop Rd, Ben Howard Rd. past Stephens Farm. No extended day East.

12:43 p.m.: The Red Cross has opened two shelters for flood victims in Snohomish County. The Everett Herald reports they are at the Sky Valley Camp in Sultan and The Rock Church in Monroe.

12:38 p.m.: The National Weather Service says about 6 inches of rain have fallen in the past 24 hours on the Olympics and Cascades. Rainfall amounts have been lower in most populated areas. Some totals for the past two days:

-- 1.10 inches at Sea-Tac Airport,

-- 3 inches in Olympia,

-- 2.50 inches in Centralia,

-- .99 of an inch in Everett.

12:33 p.m.: Orting School District is sending students home early due to rising rivers. Orting High will release at 1:15. Orting Middle at 1:20. Orting Elementary at 2:15 and Ptarmigan at 2:20.

12:18 p.m.: Latest road closure update from King County.

NE 50th St between Sahalee Way NE and SR 202

Area: Sammamish

Status: Closed 11/9/2008 5:00:00 PM, Water Over Roadway

324th Ave SE between SR202 and West Snoqualmie River Rd SE

Area: Fall City

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 11:10:00 AM, Water over roadway

Dike Road from Preston Fall City Road SE to End of Road

Area: Fall City

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 10:40:00 AM, Water over roadway

NE Money Creek Rd 2.6 miles from Miller River Rd

Area: Skykomish

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 10:30:00 AM, Water over roadway

NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE

Area: Carnation

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 11:30:00 AM, Water over roadway

Neal Road SE between SR 203 and SR203 (the loop)

Area: Fall City

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 10:30:00 AM, Water over roadway

North Fork Road SE at Sunday Creek Bridge, 17 miles northeast of North Bend

Area: North Bend

Status: Closed 10/31/2008 12:00:00 PM, Bridge Replacement

Old Cascade Hwy at Miller Bridge

Area: Skykomish

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 7:10:00 AM, Water over roadway

Old Stevens Pass Hwy 500' from SR2

Area: Skykomish

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 10:30:00 AM, Water over roadway

SE 24th St between 309th Ave SE and W Snoqualmie River Rd SE

Area: Fall City

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 11:20:00 AM, Water over roadway

SE Fish Hatchery Rd near SR202 (Fall City - Snoqualmie Rd) between 372nd Ave SE and SE 47th Pl

Area: Fall City

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 10:30:00 AM, Water over roadway

SE Mill Pond Rd from Meadowbrook Bridge to Tokul Rd SE

Area: Snoqualmie

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 8:40:00 AM, Water over roadway

SE Reinig Rd from 396th Drive SE to Meadowbrook Bridge

Area: Snoqualmie

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 8:30:00 AM, Water over roadway

W Snoqualmie River Rd NE between SE 24th St and NE Tolt Hill Rd

Area: Carnation

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 11:10:00 AM, Water over roadway

12:11 p.m.: KING 5's Glenn Farley reports the state emergency operations center is concerned about SR 12 going into Aberdeen. The hillside may be giving way again as it has in the past. If it does, it could block access to Aberdeen via that route.

12:06 p.m. - A viewer tells KING 5 News the Nisqually River below Longmire at Elbe is flooding just as bad as the November 2006 flood.

12:04 p.m. - Update from Snohomish County. Highway 2 near Sultan and Gold Bar is NOT closed. One lane of Highway 2 near Startup was restricted due to emergency equipment for a water rescue. Snohomish County says the rescue has been completed and that traffic should begin flowing again.

Also, Snohomish County says the Snohomish River will crest Thursday, not Today as originally reported.

12:00 p.m. - Update from Lewis County. The county is on a flood warning for the Nisqually River and the upper Cowlitz River in Packwood and Randle. Below are the latest forecasted river levels:

-- Nisqually River at National will crest near 12.7 feet around 10:00 PM today (flood stage is 10.0 feet).

-- Cowlitz River at Packwood will crest near 12.2 feet around 10:00 PM today (flood stage is 10.5 feet).

-- Cowlitz River at Randle will crest near 23.3 feet around 4:00 AM Thursday (flood stage is 18.0 feet).

-- Mineral Creek at Mineral is currently at 11.79 feet and continues to rise.

Other rivers in Lewis County are being closely watched by Lewis County Emergency Management and our Volunteer River Watchers.

Packwood FD No. 10 and Randle FD No. 14 are performing door to door safety notifications for residents in low-lying areas in Packwood and Randle. Currently there are no shelters being operated, but shelters have been put on stand-by through American Red Cross.

11:32 a.m.: A caller says the Cedar River near Renton is staring to go over logs that were brought in over the summer to protect the area. It's in the 17700 block of SE Jones Road, east of Renton. As of this posting, KING 5 News has not independently confirmed this.

11:17 a.m.: All students in the Sultan School District will be released at 11:30 today. Parents may begin picking up students at any time. All walkers, elementary & middle must be checked out by parent/guardian. No transportation: Mann Rd, Ben Howard Rd, Rice Rd, 132nd Rd and 399th Rd in Gold Bar.

11:11 a.m.: Cosmopolis Mayor Vickie Raines says the dam failure happened at Mill Creek Park where there is a pond that is guarded by the dam. Several homes were flooded.

One of the biggest concerns is that there is a path adjacent to the dam that children use to get to and from school. The school has been contacted to warn the children.

It's hoped that contactors can have the area shored up by this afternoon.

Estimated cost to repair the flooding is several hundred thousand dollars.

10:53 a.m.: Snohomish County emergency management is urging residents along Tualco Loop Road, Tester Road and 164th/Ben Howard Road to prepare for evacuation due to rising flood waters on the Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers. Waters in that area are expected to rise above flood stage and begin covering roadways near noon.

The Snohomish County Red Cross is prepared to open shelters as necessary in east Snohomish County. None have been opened at this time.

Residents in low-lying and flood prone areas are being urged to monitor river levels closely.

About 130 animals were on their way to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, including 10 cows, four zebras and over 100 horses. The Fairgrounds has opened its barns. Residents are able to take livestock and large animals needing shelter to the horse barns.

Snohomish County has closed 399th Avenue Southeast near Gold Bar and Mann Road at Sultan due to flooding.

10:51 a.m.: Caller tells KING 5 news that Highway 101 is clear but the roadways in downtown Cosmopolis do have water. She says earlier today at mile marker 76 on Highway 101, two cars did go into the ditch because of water. Right now people are driving through the standing water.

10:44 a.m.: (Update from 10:35) The owner of the Highland Golf Course in Cosmopolis says they are fine because they sit higher up, but that all of downtown is flooded. Another man says you can't get in or out of the town because of the flooded streets.

10:36 a.m.: From AP: The National Weather Service has added the Naselle River in Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties to the list of rivers in Western Washington under flood warnings.

10:35 a.m.: From AP: A small dam has failed at Cosmopolis, flooding several streets and nearby homes with several inches of water. The dam at Mill Creek Park gave way after it was weakened by a falling tree. The city has hired a contractor to make repairs.

10:34 a.m.: Heavy rains in the Aberdeen area have caused water over several roadways creating a potential hazard for motorists. Water is being reported over the following roadways:

--SR12 at Copeland Road (milepost 2), has one lane westbound closed due to high water on the road. One lane westbound is open, traffic is being directed through minor standing water in both directions. Crews are on site to help the City of Aberdeen clear a mud-plugged culvert.

--Southbound US 101 near North River Road (milepost 74 )near Artic has water on the road.

--SR 108 at MP 4, the County Line and at Maxwell Hill has water has water on the roadway, WSDOT crews are on scene.

There is also water being reported about a foot away from the roadway on SR 8 at Kennedy Creek Road (milepost 15). WSDOT crews are in the area monitoring the water level.

10:12 a.m.: Update from our 9:51 posting. A family just east of Sultan waited too long to leave their home and now are surrounded by 3-4 feet of water. A Snohomish County Sheriff's Office boat is evacuating them.

10:11 a.m.: Pierce County has opened the following shelters for people evacuated from their homes.

Camp Arnold - Salvation Army - is an initial staging area for evacuees, located at 33712 Webster Rd. E, off of Highway 161 between Graham and Eatonville.

Cedar Springs Community Church - Red Cross - is opened on 13314 224th E. in Graham.

Sunrise Baptist Church - 12115 Shaw Rd East in Puyallup. This shelter is pet friendly.

10:10 a.m.: Mount Rainier National Park is closed due to flooding. Heavy rain early this morning caused Kautz Creek to flow over the Nisqually Road to a depth of more than 6 inches, making travel unsafe. The park is closed at the Nisqually entrance. The park is anticipating continued heavy rain today with a snow level of 9000 feet.

10:02 a.m.: Clarification from our post at 8:41 a.m. Officials in Pierce County are now saying the evacuations near the Carbon River affect about 200 residents just south of Orting, not in Orting itself.

9:53 a.m: From the Montesano School District -- All schools are on flood alert. Schools are NOT closed and will remain open all day,Wed, Nov 12, 2008. Parents of students using bus services are advised to pick up their children before noon today. Transportation services will operate on a very limited basis. The after-school program and all scheduled games are cancelled.

9:51 a.m.: The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office reports someone living near Startup has to be evacuated from their home because of the rising water.

9:48 a.m.: King County announces the Snoqualmie River has surged to a dangerous Phase IV flood alert level, while the Tolt River remains at a Phase IV flood alert level. As of 8:45 a.m., the sum of the Snoqualmie River's three forks was at 40,110 cubic feet per second; the threshold for a Phase IV flood alert level on the Snoqualmie system is 38,000 cfs. As of 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Tolt River near Carnation was flowing at 7,590 cfs, well above the 7,000 cfs threshold for a Phase IV flood alert level. At these levels, significant flooding is expected to occur in the Tolt watershed, including in the City of Carnation.

9:05 a.m.: King County roads update: Heavy rainfall and rapidly rising rivers are resulting in road closures near Skykomish and in the Snoqualmie Valley this morning. Crews from the King County Road Services Division report roads in low lying areas are already being impacted by rising floodwater. As the day progresses, additional roads downstream to Carnation will likely be impacted, as well.

As of 9:05 a.m., November 12, 2008, King County Road Services reports the following road closure updates.

North Fork Road SE at Sunday Creek Bridge, 17 miles northeast of North Bend

Area: North Bend

Status: Closed 10/31/2008 12:00:00 PM, Bridge Replacement

Old Cascade Hwy at Miller Bridge

Area: Skykomish

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 7:10:00 AM, Water over roadway

SE Mill Pond Rd from Meadowbrook Bridge to Tokul Rd SE

Area: Snoqualmie

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 8:40:00 AM, Water over roadway

SE Reinig Rd from 396th Drive SE to Meadowbrook Bridge

Area: Snoqualmie

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 8:30:00 AM, Water over roadway

West Snoqualmie River Rd NE between house #1550 to NE Tolt Hill Rd

Area: Carnation

Status: Closed 11/12/2008 8:20:00 AM, Water over roadway

NE 50th St between Sahalee Way NE and SR 202

Area: Sammamish

Status: Closed 11/9/2008 5:00:00 PM, Water Over Roadway

8:47 a.m.: Red Cross shelters open:

Red Cross Opens Emergency Evacuation Shelters to Support Families Impacted by Rising Flood Waters

The American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter is opening a Red Cross Shelter for residents affected by rising flood waters in East Pierce County.

Pierce County -

Red Cross Shelter @ Cedar Springs Community Church

13314 224th Street East, Graham, WA 98338

- Residents are asked to bring - toiletries including toothpaste, blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, clothing, towels, and washcloths. Pets are not allowed in shelters. The Red Cross shelters will be staffed by Red Cross disaster volunteers. Red Cross representatives will work with Emergency Management staff to decide whether the shelter will be needed for additional days.

As rivers continue to rise and threaten Puget Sound communities, the American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter is ready to respond. Local Red Cross disaster volunteers are being notified to help support response efforts. Red Cross disaster relief workers have been constantly monitoring the flood waters and are communications with local authorities regarding the possible impact upon nearby communities. Red Cross disaster response teams have been working on mapping out logistics, scheduling volunteer availability, assembling shelter supplies, identifying potential shelter locations, and tracking weather conditions.

American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter

(253) 474-0400 Pierce County

(360) 352-8575 Thurston-Mason Counties

(360) 748-4607 Lewis County

(360) 249-2341 Grays Harbor County

8:41 a.m.: Puyallup River EVACUATION: Pierce County Emergency Management sent a target notification call to approximately 200 Orting area residents near the Carbon River (Carbon River Rd. from High Bridge to National Park and the 177th Alward Rd. area) at 8 am this morning.

The message stated: "This is Pierce County Emergency Management. This message is being delivered to you on Wednesday, 12 November at 8 o'clock a.m. and applies to the ongoing flood event in your area. If you have recieved this message, you are encouraged to evacuate immediately due to impending flood hazards. Citizens are encouraged to evacuate to friends and family."

8:36 a.m.: King County road closure; Road is closed at SE Reinig Rd and 396th in unincorporated King County for water over the roadway.

8:25 a.m.: I-5 accident - Everett: The Dept. of Transportation reports a collision is blocking the carpool lane on northbound I-5, just south of 128th Street SW in Everett.

8:01 Aberdeen Update: Dispatch confirms there is water over the roadway on Highway 12 leading into Aberdeen but can not confirm the landslide.

7:36 a.m.: Aberdeen landslide: AP - ABERDEEN, Wash. - A small landslide on the Aberdeen bluffs overlooking Highway 12 has caused water to run over the main road into Aberdeen. KXRO reports road crews are working to clear the slide.

7:31 a.m.: Sandbags: Snohomish County Public Works crews began delivering sand and bags Wednesday morning to various locations throughout the county to prepare for potential flooding along the Skykomish, Snohomish and Stillaguamish rivers. Sand and bags will be available for individual citizens' use. Residents should visit the drop-off sites to collect sand and bags.

Where:

Fire Station 54, 42013 U.S. 2, Gold Bar

1 truckload of sand and about 1,000 bags

Fire District 5, 33021 Cascade View Drive, Sultan

1 truckload of sand and about 1,000 bags

Fire District 26, 512 Ave. A, Index

1 truckload of sand and about 1,000 bags

Ferguson Park, 1300 Ferguson Park Road, Snohomish

1 truckload of sand, bags if needed

Fire District 19, Station 94, 2720 212 St. NW, Stanwood

1 truckload of sand and about 1,000 bags

Oso Fire Station, 21824 S.R. 530 NE

1 truckload of sand, no bags.

7:30 a.m.: Sultan School District update: No a.m. or p.m. transportation on 399th in Gold Bar and the Mann Road in Sultan. No a.m. or p.m. transport ation on the Ben Howard Road in Sultan.Continue to monitor media sources for any additional changes that occur through out the day today.

7:21 a.m.: All northbound lanes of Aurora Avenue (Hwy 99) going into the Battery Street tunnel have been reopened.

7:20 a.m.: alll Southbound lanes of Aurora Avenue (Hwy 99) in Seattle have been reopened.

7:07 a.m.: KING News viewer e-mails information about a possible road closing: NE Old Cascade Hwy West of Skykomish is closed due to water over the road (note the OLD Hwy, not Hwy 2)..State Patrol has placed flares out to alert drivers....also Maloney Creek in the town of Skykomish has gone over its banks and is flooding West Old Cascade on the South side of the road

7:00 a.m.: Thurston County Dispatch reports the Deschutes River is currently under a flood watch near the town of Rainier.

7:00 a.m.: Battery Street Tunnel accident update: The WSDOT issues: A collision is blocking the northbound direction of SR 99 at the Battery Street Tunnel in Seattle. Traffic is being detoured off at Western Avenue. Seattle Police are on scene.

6:48 a.m.: Pierce County Emergency Operations Center tells Jane McCarthy the Puyallup River in Orting will likely crest at about 8 a.m.

6:28 a.m.: Battery Tunnel spinout: Seattle Police report a vehicle has spun out on northbound 99 at the Battery Street Tunnel. The vehicle spun out and hit the wall. Northbound lanes are blocked.

6:04 a.m.: Eastside Dispatch reports that a bicyclist hit a downed tree in the 4200 block of 106th Ave. SE in Bellevue. the tree was blown down across the street. The bicyclist received a minor shoulder injury.

6:02 a.m.: Mason County Schools issues bus service change:

Hood Canal - Bus 215 Flood Route B: Meet at Hwy 101 and E Burgalt Rd. Bus will depart at 7:50 a.m .

Shelton - Bus 254 Flood Route B: Meet at the Fish Hatchery bus will depart at 6:50 a.m.

5:52 a.m.: King County Flood Warning Centers reports the Tolt River is at a Phase IV flood alert level - At these levels, significant flooding is expected to occur in the Tolt watershed, including in the City of Carnation - and the Snoqualmie River is now at a Phase III alert level - At this flow level, minor to moderate flooding is expected to occur throughout the Snoqualmie Valley.

5:47 a.m.: Snoqualmie Valley School District reports schools are closed due to flood conditions. Sultan School District cancels a.m and p.m. transportation on 399th in Gold Bar and the Mann Road in Sultan.

5:43 a.m: WDSOT reports all lanes of I-5 southbound near exit 105 in Olympia are open to traffic. Earlier, a semi-tanker truck that collided with another vehicle blocked the two right lanes and Exit 105. The semi-truck was on top of the other vehicle and both of its 1,000-gallon tanks were leaking buttermilk. It is estimated that approximately 1,000 gallons of buttermilk spilled.

5:32 a.m.: KING5 reporter Tim Robinson says 2 southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Henderson Boulevard in Olympia have been reopened. A semi-truck rollover accident shutdown the lanes early Wednesday morning. Robinson reports the semi was carrying buttermilk and about 4,000 to 5,000 gallons of milk spilled into a storm drain that flows into Capitol Lake. Officials do not believe that will cause a problem. Only minor injuries are reported.

5:23 a.m.: Pierce County Emergency Operations Center says it opened operations at 10 p.m. Tuesday night in anticipation of flooding of local rivers Wednesday morning.

5:17 a.m.: KING5 reporter Jane McCarthy reports WSDOT crews are monitoring wind speeds at area bridges and are ready to close them if the wind speeds reach dangerous levels. She says the DOT has issued a traffic advisory at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge asking motorists to use extra caution when crossing the bridge.

5:16 am.: Montesano School District and Grays Harbor Co. Schools report limited bus services

5:11 a.m.: KING5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott says there are flood warnings out for the following rivers:

Carbon

Cedar

Chehalis

Cowlitz

Deschutes

Nisqually

Nooksack

Puyallup

Satsop

Skagit

Skokomish

Skykomish

Snohomish

Snoqualmie

Stillaguamish

Tolt

All will be cresting today or tomorrow.

5:05 a.m.: Jim Forman reports scatrtered minor power outages are being reported along 17th Avenue south in Seattle is wind is causing some downed power lines.

4:55 a.m.: I 405 advisory: The Washington state Department of Transportation issued the following advisory about I-405 in Bellevue:

The right lane of the collector-distributor lane on I-405 southbound to westbound NE 8th Street near Bellevue will be closed throughout the day. Crews were not able to complete girder setting last night, so a crane must remain in place until work can be completed tonight. The left lane of the collector-distributor remains open.

4:48 a.m.: KING5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott reports "very heavy rainfall" is coming down in the South Sound, basically south of Seattle.

4:43 a.m.: The Washington State Patrol in Bremerton investigating a report of a car in a ditchat Beach Drive at the Daniels Loop in the Port Orchard area says the person in the car is uninjured and aid crews are being cleared .

4:38 a.m.: King County Flood Warning Center issues the following release:

The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 4 a.m. Wednesday to monitor flooding on the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers, and to prepare for the possibility of significant flooding on other rivers later today as heavy rain is expected across the region.

As of 4 a.m. Wednesday, the Tolt River near Carnation was flowing at 4,680 cubic feet per second (cfs). The threshold for a Phase III flood alert level on the Tolt is 4,500 cfs. Some roads in low-lying areas could close as a result of the higher stream flow.

As of 4 a.m. Wednesday, the sum of the Snoqualmie River's three forks was flowing at 12,170 cfs, which is just above the Phase II flood alert level of 12,000 cfs for that river system. Both rivers are rising fast, due to the heavy rainfall.

A Phase Two warning on any major King County river is the level of the county's four-phase warning system at which the Flood Warning Center is activated to monitor lowland flooding. It will remain open and continue to monitor the river flooding until conditions improve.

Flood Warning Center staff are monitoring stream gauges and weather reports, and will provide updated information on river conditions as necessary.

Flood patrol crews will also begin monitoring conditions from the field at first light this morning.

Flood Warning Center staff will continue to monitor stream gauges and weather reports and provide updated information on river conditions as necessary. Real-time river level information is available online at <http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/flood/flood.htm>.

Updated information on flooding will also be posted on the King County Web site at www.kingcounty.gov <http://www.kingcounty.gov/> , or via RPIN, the area's regional Web site at <http://www.rpin.org/> . A recorded flood-information hotline is also updated each hour for citizens wanting information in flood areas. The number is 206-296-8200 or 1-800-945-9263.

Citizens who need help interpreting flood information should call 206-296-4535 or 1-800-768-7932. Problems on county maintained roads can be reported by calling 206-296-8100 or 1-800-KC-ROADS.

4:32 a.m.: Dave Spicer of the Army Corp of Engineers tells KING5 News that while this "may be a short-lived storm we are certainly preparing." He says the predictions seem to be "pretty severe at this point."

4:30 a.m.: KING5 News' Jim Forman reports the medical examiner has now arrived on the scene of a fatal accident on southbound Aurora Avenue in Seattle.

4:21 a.m.: Washington State Patrol in Bremerton investigating a report of a car in a ditchat Beach Drive at the Daniels Loop in the Port Orchard area. One person is said to be in the car and water in the ditch is rising.

4:18 a.m.: KING5 News' Jim Forman reports that southbound Aurora from Dexter to the Battery Street Tunnel will be closed for an undetermined time due to investigation of a fatal car accident.

4:06 a.m.: Army Corps of Engineers reports it is monitoring several basins in western Washington. Crews are deployed on the Skagit River, Snohomish River, Green River and the Puyallup River. The reservoir control center is also operating.

4 a.m.: Emergency crews are on the scene of a semi-truck collision with another vehicle on southbound Interstate 5 at milepost 105 near Olympia. The accident is blocking the two right lanes and exit 105. The semi-truck is on top of the other vehicle and is leaking buttermilk.

4 a.m.: In Seattle, all southbound lanes of Aurora Avenue from just south of the bridge (Dexter Ave.) to about the Battery Street Tunnel are closed due to a fatal single car accident.

4 a.m.: Puget Sound Energy crews are working to restore power in the Auburn area of south King County. The utility says wind has blown tree limbs into a line causing a circuit outage. Servicemen are on the site. An estimated 1300 customers are without power. Estimating power will be restored by about 4:30 a.m.

There are also reports of spotty outages in other parts of south King County as well as smaller outages (about 21 customers) in Bellingham and Skagit County.

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