Property and business owners encouraged to submit flood damage reports

Flooding, wind, and landslides from recent winter storms have buffeted residents and businesses across King County. Those who suffered property damage or other losses since January 20, 2020 may be eligible for financial assistance. Eligibility is determined through a damage assessment process, now underway, that takes into account the total reported losses within King County.

Individuals and businesses in King County are encouraged to submit reports of losses to King County Emergency Management online at kingcounty.gov/damage available now, or by phone at 1-800-523-5044 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Tuesday, February 11.

Submitting a report does not guarantee reimbursement.

Damage reports are for uninsured losses. Before filing a damage report with King County, residents and business owners should contact their insurance provider about existing coverage and deductibles. They are also urged to document damage with photographs and keep records of all cleanup and repair costs.

Residents in the process of removing yard waste and storm debris can visit kingcounty.gov/solidwaste to identify local trash haulers, or companies that recycle wood.

Some communities still affected by flooding, land movement

Feb. 11, 10:50 a.m.

Although the rains have let up, some areas are still affected by flooding and its aftermath. Land movement can still occur even after rains have stopped.

Evacuation update

Land movement is threatening 356th Drive near SR 202 in the Fall City area.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking residents to leave the area voluntarily. Access may be cut off at any time.

We will have a soils expert on scene Tuesday to evaluate next steps. There is no estimate for when the land movement may stabilize.

Residents who choose not to leave may be isolated for an extended period with no way in or out.

There is a Red Cross shelter available and open now:

Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, 36017 SE Fish Hatchery Road, Fall City, WA 98024

Have questions about shelters or services? Call 211.

Roads

  • 24 roads remain closed in King County.
  • One road is restricted
  • Get updates on road closures
  • Every available King County Roads employee is working to clean culverts and reopen roads as appropriate. Crews are working 12 hour shifts around the clock.

Flooding update

  • Get information on current river levels.
  • The Cedar River is at flood stage 3. It has had its highest flows since 2009. A section of the Cedar River Trail is closed. The Preston Snoqualmie Trail is closed for safety because of a slide.
  • Green River is at flood stage 3. It experienced its highest flows since 1996.
  • White River is at flood stage 2.
  • Lake Sammamish is experiencing the highest water level in 23 years. Due to the slow flow of the Sammamish River, the lake’s outflow, the levels are expected to decrease very slowly.

Need help?

Housing

  • Housing Repair Program can help repair a residence for an income qualifying resident.
  • Have questions about shelters or services? Call 211.

Financial Assistance

King County’s Veterans Program can provide multi-use financial assistance to eligible veterans and, in some cases families and survivors of veterans (older adults in Washington have both higher than average rates of being veterans themselves or family members of veterans).

Flooding eases as dry weather builds in

Dry weather is allowing rivers to recede across the Puget Sound region. Many waterways in east King County, including the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers near Carnation and Issaquah Creek in Issaquah, have fallen below flood stage. However, the Cedar, White, and Green rivers in south King County are still running very high. A Flood Warning remains in effect for the Cedar River near Renton until Tuesday evening, and for the Green River near Auburn until Wednesday evening. Get the latest forecast and warnings from the National Weather Service at weather.gov/seattle.

Some roads remain closed as floodwaters recede revealing damage and debris. Visit kingcounty.gov/MyCommute for information about King County roads, or WSDOT Travel Alerts for the latest updates on state routes.

Flooding continues to impact region

Updated 5:17 p.m. Feb. 7, 2020

With a forecast of rain through Saturday, communities throughout the region continue deal with the impacts of flooding.

Flooding update

  • The Cedar River is still at Phase 4, which is the highest it has been since 2009. Flows continue to increase. Seattle Public Utilities is planning to take “pulsing” flows of water from above the dam, adding more water to the river.
  • The Snoqualmie River waters in the Carnation area are beginning to recede. The flood that is occurring this week is expected to decrease slowly along the lower Snoqualmie River.
  • Crews prepared for the worst, anticipating possible closure of Route 203. That has not occurred to date and hopefully the worst is behind us.
  • Lake Sammamish is rising with all the outflow from area creeks and rivers. King County is partnering with the City of Bellevue to provide information to local residents about how to obtain sandbags.
  • Issaquah Creek is at Phase 2 and water levels continue to drop.
  • A Washington National Guard high clearance vehicle is in place to use for emergency life/safety evacuation of folks who may become isolated.  
  • The King County Flood Warning Center will remain open as needed over the weekend.

Evacuation update

A portion of the Cedar River Trail is temporarily closed to recreational users to allow vehicles so that residents of the Dorre Don neighborhood can evacuate.

King County Emergency Operations Center is:

  • Coordinating efforts for potential evacuations and sheltering in the Maple Valley area
  • Coordinated with Issaquah regarding the evacuation of 100+ people and getting a shelter set up with the American Red Cross
  • High water vehicle arrived in Carnation early this morning to assist with ongoing evacuation efforts
  • King County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating swift water rescue responses
  • Reverse 9-1-1 notification sent to residents in certain areas of Fall City to notify about landslide blocking only public road for egress
  • Private road could offer emergency egress for this area; working to contact owner to get permission to use in emergency
  • Reverse 9-1-1 notification sent to residents in certain areas of Carnation to notify about road closure and landslide blocking egress
  • King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks and King County Roads crews working to get road open and clear landslide from King County Parks trail used for emergency egress route

Transportation update

About 25 roads throughout the region remain closed due to flooding. Get updates on road closures.

Issaquah-Hobart Road (May Valley Road to SE 96th St.) is anticipated to remain closed at least through the weekend.

Sound Transit’s Sounder North Line is closed. King County Metro Transit operated seven coaches for Sounder North Line bus shuttle replacement service due to landslides along the track. They are operating them for the Friday evening commute, too.

Some Metro bus service is rerouted due to closed roadways. Get the latest information about bus routes by subscribing to transit alerts.

Landslides

All this rain raises the risk of landslides. Check landslide hazards:

During dangerous weather: Reduce your risk of landslides

  • Seek out advisories and warnings during and after intense rainfall events. Check the NOAA Weather Radio, your local TV stations and social media.
  • Don’t assume that highways are safe—watch for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rock, or other debris on the roadway.
  • Listen for loud or unusual sounds. These can be indicators of an imminent landslide. If you think there is danger, evacuate immediately.
  • Keep away from landslide-prone areas.


Rising floodwaters threaten access to Carnation

Rising floodwaters are threatening access to the City of Carnation and some surrounding areas. King County Emergency Management is coordinating with city, county, and state agencies to respond to this hazard. The Snoqualmie River at Carnation is forecast to continue rising overnight, reaching severe flood phase. This level of flooding threatens Woodinville-Duvall Road, State Route 203 between Duvall and Carnation, Moon Valley Road, and South Fork Road. Phase 3 or moderate flooding is already happening on the Tolt River near Carnation. Flood phase levels and forecasts are available at kingcounty.gov/flood.

Residents in the Carnation area are advised to stay alert to changing river and weather conditions, and be prepared to respond quickly. Visit kingcounty.gov/MyCommute to monitor King County road closures and WSDOT Travel Alerts for state route closures.