Bridge 32 in downtown Snoqualmie is
quickly engulfed in water. Normally,
Kimball Creek is 18 inches deep and
about ten feet wide.
The Salish Lodge and Spa keeps watch
over an angry river as it plunges over
the top of Snoqualmie Falls.
Bridge 35 is just a few feet above the
water in this image taken four hours
The flood waters get dangerously
close to the deck of the bridge.
The floor reduction projects appear to have made a difference. Despite more than 51,000 cubic feet per second (normally it is about 2,000) of water flow over Snoqualmie Falls, there was no water over the track. There was some minor scouring around bridge 35 in North Bend, but no damage that requires repair at this time.
The flood reduction work that has spared the Museum damage during this recent event is not without controversy. Spike cannot attest to the downstream impact in Fall City, Carnation and Duvall, which is a matter of considerable debate and has generated at least one lawsuit. However, conditions for Snoqualmie and the Museum have improved dramatically, and bode well for the overall improved sustainability of the community.