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Heavy rains push some rivers over their banks in season's inaugural flood event

Snoqualmie River runs high after heavy rains on Oct 22, 2017 (Photo: Snoqualmie Fire Department)

SEATTLE -- The second soaking rain event in a week from an atmospheric river has pushed some rivers flowing off the Cascades and Olympics over their banks.

Moderate flooding was occurring or expected to occur on the Snoqualmie, Skykomish and Snohomish Rivers, according to the National Weather Service. Rain gauges showed about 4-5 inches of rain had fallen in the past 24 hours in mountains near these river basins.

On the Snoqualmie River , high waters forced the closures of Dog Park, Park Street near Bolach, Meadowbrook at River-Bridge, Mill Pond and Reining Roads, according to Snoqualmie Fire. More flooding is expected in the town of Snoqualmie into Fall City down through Carnation and Duvall, flooding other farm land and roads such as Fall City-Carnation, Tolt Hill and Novelty Flats Roads.

The river is expected to crest at Carnation Sunday evening about 3.5 feet over flood stage, the National Weather Service said.

The Skykomish River crested early Sunday morning near Gold Bar and its waters were to cover a number of roads near Index through Sultan toward the Snoqualmie River, including Bed Howard Road, Index-Galena Road and Tualco Loop Road.

The Snohomish River was also expecting moderate flooding as it crests about 2 feet over flood stage Sunday night.

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Several other rivers remained on Flood Warning but were expecting just minor flooding.

In the lowlands, it was a rainy, record-setting night. Seattle received 1.61" of rain Saturday, breaking the daily rainfall record for Oct. 21. Olympia more than doubled their daily record, getting 2.91"

For Seattle, it's the third day this week that had at least 1" of rain. It's the second-most days in October with 1+ inch of rain on record, only behind last year's four dates.

The heaviest rains have passed and the rest of Sunday will feature decreasing showers. The weather pattern then swings to a more tranquil pattern for the work week with sunshine on a majority of the days.

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