Rains filling Western Washington rivers; minor flooding expected

Print
Email
|

by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 14, 2011 at 7:43 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 14 at 7:56 AM

SEATTLE -  A series of Pacific storms will bring rain to most of Washington and snow in the high mountains Friday as temperatures remain above normal.

A flood watch is in effect for most of Western Washington through the weekend.

Snow levels will run around the 5,000-to-6,000 feet elevation with heavy rain at times.

“This will cause rises in the river levels but there will be sufficient pauses between storms to reduce the risk of any major river flooding in the next few days,” said KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott.

A phase two flood alert, however, has been issued for the Tolt  and Snoqualmie. The Skokomish could reach flood stage later today.

“It does look like any flooding, if it does occur, will be minor and most likely late Saturday or Sunday,” said Marriott.

The long stretch of wet weather has increased the likelihood of landslides.

A large mudslide in Sumner has closed the West Valley Highway in both directions from State Route 410 to 24th.

The mudslide came down around 5 a.m. Thursday near 38th Street E, leaving a pile of mud about three feet high and 50 feet across on the highway.

In Buckley, another mudslide blocked State Route 165 at the Carbon River for part of the day.

A slide covered railroad tracks south of Everett. Burlington Northern Santa Fe says freight service resumed Thursday afternoon but passenger service is not expected to resume before midday Saturday.
 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

Print
Email
|