Duvall home still threatened weeks after collapse of beaver dam

DUVALL, Wash. - The aftermath of a collapsed beaver dam is still making life miserable for one King County family as weeks of continuous rain threaten to flood them out.

"It is a war zone," says homeowner Bob Siko.

His family home is surrounded by mud - and still in harm's way - three weeks after a beaver dam collapsed about a mile upstream, releasing a wall of water, logs and rock that narrowly missed his home.

"I really don't feel we don't have any options except to move out of the house temporarily," he says.

Twice in the past week, heavy rains washed down more debris - plugging up the culvert that's supposed to channel all that water under the road.

"There's not a lot of room between the gravel and the culvert," he says.

Friends helped build an emergency sandbag dike around the house Friday night when it looked like the stream would flood. And last week, the county built a wall to help divert the mess.

"Is it enough to save the house? I hope it is," says Siko.

Every time it rains he and his family have to worry - will the stream run over the bank? Or breach the wall the county built? And possibly breach the last line of defense between the water and the house - the wall he and his volunteers built.

A King County engineer says that is unlikely. He's working on a plan to extend the wall and design other measures to allow water to flow where it won't threaten the house or the road, and says the county could do more work on the property next week.

Meanwhile, Siko, his wife and four boys are living in a motor home on a relative's property nearby. It's close enough to mobilize when the next storm comes.

"We're going to do everything we can to save the house," he says.