Northwest NEWS

December 20, 1999

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Water, water everywhere


Fall City resident David Loeffler and his dog, Jack, visited the flooded hunting area near Stillwater last week in hopes of finding some ducks. No ducks were seen, so Jack kept busy by chasing sticks.
Staff photo by Lisa Allen.

by Lisa Allen, Valley View editor

   Fifteen area roads remained under water late last week after heavy rains and melting snow in the mountains caused the Tolt and Snoqualmie Rivers to go over their banks.

   The Snoqualmie crested in Carnation at 10 a.m. Thursday at 58.6 feet and crested later that evening in Duvall, but continued to stay high. Parts of the Tolt River Road were under water for much of Wednesday and Wednesday night, but the road reopened on Thursday.

   Police in Carnation said a few motorists had to be rescued by fire officials after attempting to drive through flooded roads. They said one Tolt River Road resident estimated at least one portion of the road was covered with six feet of water.

   Carnation dairyman Steve Foster's cows stayed high and dry in the barn, but he had to use a canoe early Thursday morning to get from his house to the barn. "The water receded quickly, though," he said. "You could actually see it go down."

   The most extensive traffic backup was caused by the closure of NE 124th, as motorists heading for Duvall from the Novelty Hill Road had to detour to Avondale or go along the West Snoqualmie Valley Road.

   Duvall Police Chief Glenn Merryman said city officers directed traffic along SR-203 and Woodinville-Duvall Road from 4-7:30 p.m. when NE 124th was closed.

   "We are still trying to get county officers to flag traffic on West Snoqualmie Valley Road and Woodinville-Duvall Road, since that intersection is out of our jurisdiction," he said. "People need to be patient and realize it will be slow going."

   Merryman said that on Thursday night cars were backed up from Duvall all the way to 212th on Woodinville-Duvall Road. "It looked like people were learning that the West Snoqualmie Valley Road gets congested and decided to take Avondale Road to get to Duvall," he said.

   He emphasized that motorists should always be prepared by keeping their gas tanks full and making sure their equipment such as headlights, taillights, and windshield wipers are working properly.