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Some rivers crest; others continue to rise

Some rivers crest; others continue to rise



Some rivers continue to rise in Western Washington and will likely crest later Monday.

The worst flooding, the National Weather Service said, is on the Snoqualmie River in King County and Cowlitz River in Lewis County. There also may be moderate to major flooding along the Snohomish River.

The Weather Service has an interactive map with which you can check on flooding at various locations. It also has a map that shows the flooding forecast for Western Washington rivers.

Some rivers, fed by the weekend’s heavy rains in the mountains, are beginning to recede or are about to.

The rain of the last several days has saturated soils and increased the dangers of landslides.

More rain ought to fall Monday. In Seattle, showers are most likely before 10 a.m.

But rain will be light and scattered over the Western Washington lowlands on Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service says. About 0.6 to 1.2 inches of rain could fall in the Cascades, but the Weather Service says that should not add to flooding problems.

Temperatures also will be lower than in the past several days, with nighttime lows in Seattle in the 40s on Monday and 30s on Tuesday. In the mountains, the snow level will fall Monday from 4,500 to 3,000 feet.

The National Weather Service has issued a series of flood warnings and watches.

Early Monday, the flood warning was extended to smaller streams in north central King County. Runoff has filled small streams, and they are flooding some areas.

The Snoqualmie River is experiencing major flooding between Fall City to Carnation. The river is expected to crest at 11 a.m. at 59 feet near Carnation.

For information on road closures in King County, go here.

Flood warnings also are in effect for Nooksack River at North Cedarville in Whatcom County, the Skagit River near Concrete and Mount Vernon in Skagit County and the Stillaguamish River near Arlington in Snohomish County.

Those rivers are expected to crest Monday morning.

Flood warnings also continue for the Skykomish River near Gold Bar in Snohomish County, the Snohomish River at Snohomish and Monroe in Snohomish County, the Cedar River near Landsburg and Renton in King County and the Green River near Auburn in King County.

The Cedar River is expected to crest Monday afternoon in Renton, causing minor flooding. It is likely to crest Monday morning at Landsburg.

The Green River was above flood stage at Auburn early Monday and is expected to cause minor flooding.

The Skykomish River should crest around 10 a.m. Monday. The Snohomish should crest about 10 a.m. at Monroe and 2 p.m. at Snohomish.

There are also flood warnings for the Puyallup River near Orting in Pierce County, the Cowlitz River at Randle in Lewis County, the Skookumchuk River near Bucoda in Lewis and Thurston counties and the Chehalis River near Grand Mound in Thurston County.

The Puyallup ought to crest about 10 a.m. Monday and begin falling below flood stage Monday afternoon.

The Cowlitz River is causing major flooding, but has crested.

The Skookumchuck crested Sunday night and caused minor flooding.

The Chehalis River is causing minor flooding and is expected to crest at 4 p.m. Monday.

Scott Sunde can be reached at 206-448-8331


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