Update 8:40 p.m. Monday: Puget Sound Energy reported that in North King County, there were about 460 customers in 22 locations without power.
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, after persistent heavy rainfall for much of the day brought the Snoqualmie River up to a Phase II flood alert level. Only minor flooding is expected. Flood Warning Center staff will monitor stream gages and weather reports, and will provide updated information on river conditions as necessary. Real-time river level information is available online at http://www.kingcounty.gov/flood.
Update 5 p.m. Monday: KIRO-7 is reporting that West Snoqualmie Valley Rd between NE 124th St. and Woodinville Duvall Road is closed due to downed trees and power lines and that NE 165th St. between 185th Ave NE and 175th Ave NE (near Woodinville) is also closed, due to localized flooding.
Update Monday afternoon: Puget Sound Energy officials say crews are responding to scattered power outages caused by strong winds today. On the Woodinville Patch Facebook page, residents are reporting power outages on Hollywood Hill and in the Duvall area.
The City of Kirkland released this statement – All lanes of Totem Lake Boulevard from south of 120th Avenue NE to north of NE 124thStreet are being closed due to water over the roadway. City crews are on site to set up barricades and to clear standing water from the roadway. Drivers are encouraged to use caution on the road and asked to avoid Totem Lake Boulevard during their afternoon commute. Detour signs are on display and drivers in the area are asked to follow them.
Original story noon Monday:
Monday morning’s heavy rain has City of Woodinville Public Works Department crews monitoring storm drain systems for flooding issues.
While no roads in Woodinville are closed due to flooding at this time, the far right westbound lane of 171st Avenue NE (the south bypass) is closed and will be closed overnight for flood monitoring, Woodinville city officials said Monday.
That area of the roadway is very low and Woodin Creek typically flows over the roadway during periods of heavy rain, said Alexandra Sheeks, assistant to the Woodinville city manager.
Those crews will likely remain busy at least through Tuesday. The National Weather Service forecast for Woodinville calls for heavy rain at times through Monday, a 100 percent chance of rain Monday night, and an 80- percent chance of rain Tuesday. Winds will range from 14 to 17 mph.
A flood advisory is in effect until 8:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service Seattle:
AT 1153 AM PST...PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN CONTINUED ACROSS THE AREA. IN THE SIX HOUR PERIOD ENDING AT 11 AM PST...A HALF TO 1.5 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN ACROSS THE AREA. THIS AMOUNT OF RAIN HAS LED TO PONDING OF WATER ON NUMEROUS ROADS...LOW LYING AREAS...AND SOME HIGHWAY UNDERPASSES. AN ADDITIONAL HALF TO 1.2 INCHES OF RAIN IS EXPECTED BY 7 PM PST THIS EVENING. THIS COULD CAUSE SOME SMALLER STREAMS TO OVERFLOW THEIR BANKS AS WELL AS TRIGGER LANDSLIDES.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS SAFELY. A FLOOD ADVISORY MEANS RIVER OR STREAM FLOWS ARE ELEVATED OR PONDING OF WATER IN URBAN OR OTHER AREAS IS OCCURRING OR IS IMMINENT.
For more tips on dealing with heavy rain and potential flooding, see this checklist on the web pages of Take Winter by Storm, a group formed by public and private utilities of Western Washington.
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