I've lived in Duvall for 10 years now. Most residents have come to expect the occasional road closure due to winter and spring flooding. Fortunately, very few homes are down 'in the valley'. I guess that is one of the reasons that the floods are not usually met with any sense of panic or worry, unlike some of our less fortunate neighbors up and down the valley.
Instead, as this photo of the Woodinville-Duvall bridge shows, its more a reason for curiosity and even a bit of community building as everyone comes down from the hills, parks downtown, and checks out just how high the water is.
This year has caused more curiosity and less frustration than usual because we just got rid of 2 foot of snow... which really did cause folks problems with getting around, getting to work, or even getting food. Rain has been a welcome site and the associated flooding was expected.
Of course, we don't normally expect for Duvall to become an island... usually flooding is limited to lower-level roads across the valley that make the W-D bridge the main crossing point and cause more traffic headaches than anything else. The last two years have had greater flooding than normal and in both years, this road and Hwy 203 going both north and south have been closed due to water over the roads.
The road closures are usually for short periods, not more than a day or so. It does looks like damage to W-D Road will mean it stays closed for a couple more days, but we are already able to go around the valley by heading south to Carnation and Fall City or north to Monroe. I'm sure the Monday traffic will be a mess, of course... but again, we've come to expect it.
Anyway, to all our friends around Duvall and the surrounding area, we hope the latest storms have not been too big a problem for you and yours. I know some folks have been pretty hard hit and our thoughts are with you. Be careful out there, everyone! Here are some more pictures of the valley, taken from one of the homes at Cherry Hill Vista:
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