Floods swamp King County, landslides also a threat

Wet winter weather won’t wane across the Puget Sound region. Days of heavy rain have filled area rivers, sending them over their banks. With the rain expected to persist, the National Weather Service in Seattle has issued flood warnings for the next several days.

The King County Flood Warning Center anticipates flooding may occur in areas along the Cedar, Green, and White rivers at levels that haven’t been seen in many years. The Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers are also rising, as is Issaquah Creek. For the latest flood phase information, visit kingcounty.gov/flood.

  • Do not drive, wade, or walk through flooded areas. Watch for road closures, and never drive around barricades. Turn around, don’t drown. Check kingcounty.gov/MyCommute for road closure information.
  • If your vehicle stalls in a flooded area, abandon it and walk back the way you came.
  • Keep street drains, storm grates, and flap gates clear of leaves and other debris. Call 206-477-8100 if you need assistance.
  • Use sandbags to protect your home or property.
  • Be prepared to evacuate immediately if an order is issued.

Landslides are also an increasing threat as hillsides become saturated with water. Learn the signs of an impending landslide:

  • Bulging ground at the base of a slope
  • Outside walls, walkways, or stairs pulling away from structures
  • Widening cracks in the ground or on paved areas such as streets or driveways
  • New cracks appearing in plaster, tile, brick, or foundations
  • Water breaking through the ground in new locations
  • Fences, retaining walls, utility poles, or trees tilting or moving

Visit kingcounty.gov/landslide for more information about this hazard.

King County agencies are actively monitoring the weather situation, and are prepared to respond. The governor’s office has also issued an emergency proclamation for 19 counties in Washington including King County, making state resources and assistance available to local jurisdictions. Watch the following for the latest information: