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Falling trees snap beaver dam, causing ‘significant flooding’ in Mill Creek

A look at the shattered beaver dam in a Mill Creek wetland. The break caused flooding in a Mill Creek neighborhood.

MILL CREEK, Wash. — Flooding near State Route 527 in Mill Creek crept up on a residential neighborhood Wednesday morning, threatening homes.

The flooding closed 136th Stree SE between SR 527 and Jackson High School, and people were encouraged to avoid the area.

The city of Mill Creek later said that the flooding occurred when two trees snapped in a Mill Creek wetland, fell and smashed a beaver dam, releasing a gush of water into neighborhoods.

Just after 4 p.m. the water flow had slowed and crews are making progress in the removal of water.

 

People seeking to access Jackson High School from the west side of Mill Creek are advised to use alternate routes via 132nd Street SE or Trillium Blvd.