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One driver tried to maneuver through a park parking lot along the Tolt River near Carnation, but his SUV ended up stuck in several feet of water. The driver was all right. (Photo: John Hopperstad/KCPQ-TV)

CARNATION, Wash. — Tom Smarsh moved to Carnation three years ago to be closer to his grandchildren, but a friend living in Washington had a warning.

“He didn’t want me to buy property and not know about the flooding they have,” Smarsh said Thursday.

But over the years, flooding has been minimal — until now.

“I have not seen the water that deep, especially going across the road,” Smarsh said.

Many low-lying areas around Carnation are under water. What is normally a cornfield looks like a lake now.

Local wildlife loves it. It expands their habitat, but drivers are not so excited.

One driver tried to maneuver through a park parking lot along the Tolt River, but his SUV ended up stuck in several feet of water. The driver was all right.

Not far away, the Snoqualmie River swallowed a truck. That driver was also fine, but it took crews several hours to finally pull it out.

“The rivers are doing what they’re designed, in a sense, to do,” said Ken Carter, Carnation city manager. “They’re carrying water from the mountains to the Sound.”

Carter has  been through devastating floods in the past, some that cut off the town.

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The Snoqualmie River swallowed this pickup truck near Carnation. That driver was OK, but it took crews several hours to finally pull his truck out. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

He said that so far, what he’s seen is not unusual for this time of year, as long as people don’t drive through road closures or over standing water.

A flood warning for the Snoqualmie continues through Friday night.

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