Smashed Beaver Dam Caused Neighborhood To Flood In Washington State

KING 5's Elisa Hahn reports.

A Mill Creek neighborhood flooded Wednesday after a retention pond overflowed. The City of Mill Creek says two trees snapped and smashed a beaver dam, releasing a gush of water into the neighborhood. 

A few feet of water flooded the neighborhood in the 1300 block of 137th Street SE. Flooding also closed 136th Street SE between State Route 527 and Jackson High School. 

Water could be seen flowing into and around homes at the end of a cul de sac.

The main floor of the Thomas home along with their garage had several inches of water. Their couch and carpets were soaked. The flowing water also took out part of their backyard fence.

"I'm just trying to wrap my head around all of it," said Riley Thomas, who returned home Wednesday morning after a brief outing. "To the point I was here an hour prior and everything was fine and all of a sudden the whole bottom floor is under water." 

Firefighters and utility workers unclogged drains and used sand bags to divert the flow of water. They estimated their work would continue into Wednesday evening.

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