Subscribe

Stay up to date! Get Email Updates.

Flood History

History of Flooding in Kittitas County slideshow

Information compiled from various sources by Dr. Martin Kaatz. Source: Daily Record, Thursday February 15, 1996, Page 8. New information added by Kittitas County Public Works.

2011, May 15 Ellensburg creeks. Taneum, Manastash, Naneum, Cooke Creeks.
View photos
2011, January Yakima River.
2009, January 6 - 9 Yakima River: Ellensburg, Thorp, Cle Elum, Easton.
2006, November 6 -7 Yakima River at Elk Meadows.
2006, May 23 Naneum Creek.
2006, March 12 -14 Yakima River at Irene Rinehart Park.
2005, May 4  
2004, May 20  
2003, January 30 - February 1 Creeks north of Ellensburg. Yakima River at Elk Meadows.
1999, May 23-24 Ellensburg & creeks to the north.
1999, February 6 Yakima River flooded at Elk Meadows. Water over Reecer Creek, Smithson, Hungry Junction, Tjossem, Brown, Robbins & Dolarway roads.
1997, January 8-10 Dolarway Road
1996, February 7-10  
1995, November 29-30 SeaTac's 10.40” was 2nd wettest Nov. on record. Significant Yakima River flood, Kittitas valley north side creeks from Swauk east did not flood, probably because of the very small snowpack available for melting at that time in the Wenatchee range east of the Teanaway basin.
1990, November 23-24 A major Yakima river flood. SeaTac's 10.71” = wettest Nov. on record.
1990, August 21  
1987, July 25 Flash flood.
1986, January 18  
1984, January 24 Minor flooding.
1982, January 23-24 Flooding in Ellensburg similar to March 1956 but on a smaller scale. US 97 washed out near Hungry Junction Road.
1982, February 22 Minor flooding.
1980, January 27 North side creeks.
1980, February 27-28 Reecer, Cooke and Caribou Creeks.
1980, December 25-27 Mild flooding on Yakima River and major flooding on Middle and North Fork Teanaway Rivers.
1979, February 13 Ellensburg and north and west side creeks.
1977, December 1-4 A major Yakima river flood.
1977, December 13 Ellensburg and north side creeks.
1975, May 11 Brief minor flooding on north side creeks.
1975, December 2-4 Yakima River flood.
1974, June 21 Minor flooding on Yakima river and north side creeks.
1974, January 15-16 Floods and ice jams on Yakima River and Swauk Creek at Lauderdale, Reecer Creek and some other north side creeks, flooding in Ellensburg, especially west Ellensburg.
1972, May 22 Flooding in Ellensburg.
1972, March 20-22 Ellensburg and north side creeks.
1972, June 9 Flooding in Ellensburg.
1972, February 16-17 Ellensburg and north side creeks.
1972, December 21-22 North side valley creeks.
1971, January 8 & 18 Ellensburg and north side creeks
1970, February 15 Minor creek flooding.
1969, January 7-29 Ice jams on Yakima River.
1965, January 27-31 Ellensburg and north side creeks.
1963, February 3-4 Ice jams and flooding on Yakima River. Washed out fish ponds adjacent to I-90.
1961, March 15 Minor creek flooding.
1959, November 11-23 Major four lane washout on US 10 east of North Bend.
1959, January 2 & 24 Minor creek flooding.
1957, February 24 Creeks flooded. Yakima River did not flood.
1956, May 19-22  
1956, March 19-25 Major flooding in Ellensburg and valley creeks.
1956, December 9 Yakima River did not flood.
1956, April 21-23 North side creeks. Taneum creek bridge washed out, Manastash creek cut new channel.
1956, April 11 Teanaway River. Yakima River did not flood.
1955, June 10-13  
1951, March 15 Ellensburg and north side creeks. 59 mph Chinook wind on March 14.
1951, February 11 Minor Yakima River flooding, north side creeks.
1948, May 21-29 Worst Yakima river spring flood in history. About 7,000 acres inundated near Ellensburg.
1943, January 14 Valley creeks flooded “following severest Chinook wind [63 mph] in the valley’s history."
1933, December 12-23 Major Yakima River flood. About 7,000 acres inundated near Ellensburg.
1932, January 11 North side creeks.
1921, December 13 Yakima River flood and Ellensburg.
1917, December 18-29 Yakima River, Ellensburg and valley creeks.
1916, March 10-12 Ellensburg and north side creek.
1916, April 20 Yakima River did not flood, but creeks did.
1911, November 20  
1910, November 23  
1910, March 19-21  
1909, November 25  
1907, January  
1906, November 14-21  
1894, May 20-30 Yakima River overflowed, “Wilson and Nanum creeks played havoc in Ellensburg”, Parts of the valley said to be flooded for nearly two months.