Flood season is approaching – are you ready?

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King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

According to forecasters, this winter our region can expect to see another La Nina storm pattern that brings heavy rainfall and raises the risk of flooding.

As we begin to brace for another potentially eventful flood season, this is a great time to make sure you are prepared, especially if you live or travel within a flood-prone area. Learn how to protect yourself and your property before, during, and after a flood at the King County Flood Control District flood preparedness resources webpage.

Important steps to take before flooding occurs include:

  • Signing up for KC Flood Alerts
  • Learning about flood risks in specific locations such as home or work by reviewing the Flood Risk Map
  • Clearing storm drains and gutters of fallen leaves to prevent flooding and protect streams.
  • Building an emergency kit that includes items such as a flashlight with spare batteries, a portable radio, non-perishable food, drinking water, medical necessities, and any necessary items for children or pets
  • Storing important documents, valuables, and electronics high up and moving vehicles and equipment to high ground before flood waters rise
  • Moving or properly disposing of hazardous chemicals, such as lawn and gardening herbicides, out of flood prone areas to help reduce harmful contaminants in flood waters

You can find more helpful information about flood risk, preparedness, and more at the King County Flood Control District website.

As Vice Chair of the Flood Control District, I continue to work for funding that reduces the risk of flooding that can damage our homes, businesses, roadways, and other critical infrastructure. I hope to have exciting new flood reduction projects to announce when the Flood Control District approves our 2023 budget in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

All my best,

Councilmember Reagan Dunn Signature

Reagan Dunn
King County Councilmember
District 9