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Archive for January 14th, 2017

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 14, 1976

Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway Company bridge damaged after a flood, Maple Valley, 1911

Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway Company bridge damaged after a flood, Maple Valley, 1911

As bad as the December 1975 flood on the Cedar River was, the “Granddaddy of them all” occurred on November 19, 1911, when flashboard failure at the City of Seattle Dam dumped 14,200 cubic feet per second down the narrow Cedar.

Measured again in c.f.s. there have been three other floods that topped last December’s disaster; in 1903, 1906, and 1909.

The December 1975 flood, however, was bad enough. Its out pour of 7,800 c.f.s. was the greatest in 64 years. (more…)

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