EXERCISE Tolt Dam Failure EXERCISE

Updated 1:37 p.m.

Watch us on Facebook Live at 2 p.m. today for updates on the Tolt Dam failure.
Hear from:
• Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan
• King County Executive Dow Constantine
• King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert
• Seattle Public Utilities

Updated 1:35 p.m.

Want to help?

Wondering how you can help efforts after the Tolt Dam failure? Cash donations to the Red Cross are most helpful right now. Donate at Red Cross

Updated 1:30 p.m.

Evacuation update

Riverview School District will send buses back to the evacuation site and pick up the remaining residents. They will bring them to the two shelter sites in Duvall (see below).

Updated 1:17 p.m.

General flooding situation update

Helicopter with Bert

A KING 5 helicopter hovers over flooding at NE 124th near Duvall.

Water has reached NE 124th Street near Duvall.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Everett, Snohomish, Cathcart and Maltby.

Stay away from the water. Be aware of rapid water rises.

There are no reports at this time of any fatalities or injuries.

Power is out in Duvall.

Updated 1:07 p.m.

Road closures

All road access into or out of Duvall is closed.

The following roads are closed:

  • NE 124 Street between SR203 and W. Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE
  • NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd between W. Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE
  • SR203 and SR203 north NE Cherry Valley Rd

Updated 1 p.m.

Shelters

Two shelters have been set up in the City of Duvall for displaced people in the region. The shelters will be open by 1 p.m.:

  • Holy Innocents Catholic Church; 26526 NE Cherry Valley Road; Duvall
  • Timberlake Church; 15520 Main Street NE; Duvall

Please do NOT go to a local school for sheltering needs. The schools are acting as reunification points and cannot accommodate those in need of temporary sheltering.

Reunification Center

Snoqualmie Casino is being used as a gathering place for families to reunite with students who have been evacuated.

Updated 12:33 p.m.

Please avoid flying drones in flooding area

A temporary flight restriction area has been enacted in the Duvall, Carnation and Snoqualmie Valley communities. People in the area are being asked not to launch drones until further notice. There are increased flights in the area by multiple agencies. These can interfere with public safety operations and jeopardize the safety of flight crews.

Updated 12:05 p.m.

MEDIA: The Joint Information Center is planning a media event to provide the latest updates on the Tolt Dam failure. Details will be posted here as soon as they become available.

Updated 12:19 p.m.

General flooding situation update

Some locations that will experience flooding include Everett, Snohomish, Cathcart and Maltby.

Stay away from the water. Be aware of rapid water rises.

There are no reports at this time of any fatalities or injuries.

Power is out in Duvall.

Updated 12:01 p.m.

Shelters

Two shelters have been set up in the City of Duvall for displaced people in the region. The shelters will be open by 1 p.m.:

  • Holy Innocents Catholic Church;  26526 NE Cherry Valley Road; Duvall, WA
  • Timberlake Church;  15520 Main Street NE; Duvall, WA

Updated 12:55 p.m.

Drinking water and water restrictions

The City of Duvall does not anticipate an interruption of water service to its customers, due to the Tolt dam failure. There may be some cloudiness and/or air bubbles in the lines due to the change in routing of the water supply. There is no concern for the use of the water at this time. You do not need to boil water before use.

Seattle is using its Cedar River watershed to supply drinking water to all residential and wholesale customers.

Seattle has moved to a voluntary water restriction and is asking customers to use water wisely.

Seattle Public Utility customers with questions about their water can call this hotline, staffed 24/7:

206-386-1800

Updated 11:25 a.m.

Roads and Bridges

The Tolt Bridge on Route 203, just south of the city of Carnation, has been washed out.

Updated 11:20 a.m.

Reunification

Snoqualmie Casino is being used as a gathering place for families to reunite with students who have been evacuated. Students have been safely evacuated to the Tolt Highlands as follows:

Tolt Middle School students:

Cedarcrest High School – 29000 NE 150th Street, Duvall, WA

Carnation Elementary students:

Stillwater Elementary – 11530 320th Ave NE, Carnation, WA

Riverview Learning Center (RLC) students:

Cherry Valley Elementary – 26701 NE Cherry Valley Rd, Duvall, WA

Additional details will be provided once students have arrived at their reunification locations.

Students in Duvall schools are being sent home since they had time to evacuate.

Evacuation

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    Residents should leave the area immediately.

    The Tolt Dam has failed. Residents should leave the area immediately, particularly those who live in Carnation and the lower Snoqualmie valley.

  • Go to high ground.
  • Follow the directions of law enforcement and other first responders.

There is a 20-acre pedestrian evacuation site on Tolt Highlands in the northeast quadrant of town. A pedestrian evacuation trail begins at the east end of NE 50th Street, and the other begins on E Entwistle St up the Tolt Highlands.

These evacuation trails are for pedestrian access only, no vehicles. The routes to these trails are marked by pedestrian evacuation route signs. If driving, take SR203 out of the town.

Example of evacuation route signs

Evacuation for Lower Snoqualmie Valley:
[MAP HERE]

Exercise Related Emergency Information and Impacts
The dam failed at 9:30 AM on Wednesday after engineers discovered multiple sinkholes on the face of the dam.
Evacuation notice issued for Carnation and Lower Snoqualmie Valley
Reports of individuals needing rescue, can’t get out of their house
Families unsure of what to do with their pets
Large power outage in the area
Shelters are being stood up, one in Issaquah, others TBD by the Red Cross
Duvall and everything east of the Snoqualmie river are cut off by bridges and roads leading into the town being impassable
Seattle’s water supply will be dramatically hampered, unable to determine the extent for now
Families are separated from their children East – West
KCEOC activates @ 9:30
Being a day-time failure, kids are at school, many parents at work
There is a possibility for casualties
The Carnation Treatment plant is offline with assessments ongoing
Number of calls to 911 remain above average
Bridges in impacted zone are being assessed
King County Metro has suspended all service in the area
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been granted
Household contaminants are inter-mixed with river debris
Debris clearance plan being developed and coordinated between responding agencies
Hazardous material spills has caused local water to be unpotable
Carnation has implemented a curfew
All available KCSO Search and Rescue crews are canvassing the area
Small but numerous fires are breaking out
The Carnation government is operating out of Duvall
Local first responders have been operating non-stop
Agriculture is heavily impacted with significant losses to livestock