About flooding in the White River watershed
The White River watershed is an area of about 490 square miles that drains rainfall and snowmelt from smaller streams and rivers into the White River. About one-third of the watershed is in King County. The rest is in Pierce County.
King County flood alerts
Check your river gage data
A river gage station is a location where hydrologists, or people who study the flow of water, gather information such as the height, depth, and speed of a river to calculate the water flow (discharge). Some gages report both water height (or stage), whereas other gages report both stage and discharge.
- Greenwater River at Greenwater
- White River at R Street near Auburn
- White River near Auburn
- White River at Pacific
- White River inflow, pool elevation, and discharge at Mud Mountain Dam from the Northwest River Forecast Center
- 130 3rd Ave SE, Pacific, WA (across from Police Station)
- Directions: “Empty sandbags and sand. Self-service, limited to 25 sandbags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.”
Want to learn more about creating a flood resilient future in your watershed?
King County and Pierce County, along with several other jurisdictions, have developed a series of flood risk reduction projects in the lower White River to address growing flood risks from ongoing sediment deposition.
The most effective strategies for reducing flood risks due to sediment deposition have been to build setback levees and install temporary flood barriers until permanent solutions can be developed and implemented.