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With an active flood season underway, ‘Be Flood Ready’ information can help people in King County reduce risks and protect property

Summary

The 2021-22 “Be Flood Ready” brochure is available to help everyone who works, lives, or commutes through flood-prone areas stay safe during what is already an active flood season. Available online in 23 languages, the brochure produced by the King County Flood Control District has been mailed to everyone in the King County floodplain.

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To help ensure the safety of those who live, work, or commute through a floodplain during what is already an active flood season, the King County Flood Control District has prepared the “Be Flood Ready” brochure, featuring important information on what to do before, during, and after high water.

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in King County, with four minor to moderate floods on rivers here since Oct. 1. Even smaller floods can threaten public safety, damage homes, businesses and critical infrastructure, and restrict movement of people and goods. Being prepared is the best way to protect yourself and your property from flood damages.

Published by the King County Flood Control District, the 2021-2022 Be Flood Ready brochure includes updated information on:

  • What to do before, during, and after a flood
  • Recommended emergency kit supplies
  • How to sign up for flood alerts
  • Expected flood impacts for the Cedar, Green, Snoqualmie, South Fork Skykomish, Tolt, and White rivers, and Issaquah Creek

In addition to being available online, people and businesses within the identified 100-year floodplain in King County were mailed the brochure. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 100-year floodplain is the area expected to flood during a flood event that has a 1% chance of occurring in any given year.

During river flooding events, King County serves as a clearinghouse for information on flood conditions, operating a recorded message center with continuous updates of river gauge readings and flood phases and other related information. Reach the Flood Warning Center at 206-296-8200 or 1-800-945-9263. Interpreter assistance in multiple languages is available.

To learn more about how to prepare for flooding, including how to use sandbags to protect property, visit kingcounty.gov/PrepareForFlooding

The 2021-2022 Be Flood Ready brochure is available in the following languages:

The King County Flood Control District is a special purpose government created to provide funding and policy oversight for flood protection projects and programs in King County. The Flood Control District’s Board is composed of the members of the King County Council. The Water and Land Resources Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks develops and implements the approved flood protection projects and programs.


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For more information, contact:

Lily Barrett, Water and Land Resources Division, 206-263-5941
Erin Arya, King County Council, 206-477-1014