Rivers begin cresting in Western Washington, but some still rising


by KING 5 News


Posted on January 17, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 18 at 8:42 AM

SEATTLE - Flood warnings remained in effect for numerous rivers and small streams in Western Washington Monday night.

The rivers expected to crest early Tuesday were the Cedar, Chehalis, and Skagit. Minor to moderate flooding on the Cedar is expected through at least Wednesday.

The Snohomish River crested at about 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The Green River, upstream of Auburn, was expected to crest at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Current flood warnings/watches.

KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott says the few rain showers, mainly in the convergence zone overnight, has allowed the area to dry out a little from the weekend soaking. Snow levels will drop to 1,500 feet Tuesday, which will also help reduce the flooding. Check the latest forecast

On Monday, flood waters inundated some roads and edged closer to homes. Up to 50 feet of Money Creek Road in Skykomish has been washed out. Many roads across the region were also flooded over, again forcing authorities to remind drivers not to attempt to cross flooded roads. King County road conditions

A man on a raft had to be rescued from the rushing waters of the Snoqualmie River near Carnation. The King County Sheriff's Office says the raft got stuck in some trees. He was 50-feet from shore and unable to navigate the fast-moving waters. He was OK.

Along the Cedar River in Maple Valley, neighbors say King County has told them the dam on the Chester Morris Reservoir upstream is at full capacity. In addition, log jams on some smaller bridges threaten to back the river up. 

High winds Sunday night and Monday morning brought down trees and caused power outages. A veteran Washington State Department of Transportation worker was killed Sunday night by a falling tree on Highway 203 just south of Carnation.