Puget Sound RFA Warns of Flood Dangers

How to safe with high winds and flooding

228th St. Bridge over Green River, Dec. 9, 2015. Copyright Dana E. Neuts.

How to safe with high winds and flooding

Warmer weather and melting snow are creating localized flooding problems.

Over the next 24-36 hours, gusty winds are also expected in the Puget Sound area that can lead to sloughing hillsides and trees falling due to the heavily saturated ground conditions.

Residents can take steps to protect themselves and their property.

When at home:

  • Keep your gutters clean and free of debris.
  • Store any items that might blow away or be damaged by rain and wind.
  • Assess whether your home is at risk due to falling branches.
  • Have flashlights and extra batteries ready.
  • Have a plan in case you cannot stay in your home.

When you are on the road:

  • Check for weather and road conditions before driving.
  • Always obey “road closed” signs. They are there for a reason.
  • Never drive through moving water, which can sweep even a heavy vehicle away.
  • Avoid driving through any standing water. Water can hide lane markers, ditches, and washed out roads.
  • If you have to drive through water, drive slowly and steadily. Driving fast can cause you to lose control, flood your engine, and cause difficulties for other drivers.
  • Once clear of standing water, drive slowly and tap your brakes to dry them.
  • If your vehicle becomes stranded in standing or moving water and you cannot get out safely, call 9-1-1.
  • Heavy rain can cause mud, trees, and other debris to slide onto roadways.
  • If traveling over mountain passes, check for conditions, closures, and tire restrictions.
  • Whenever driving in bad weather, carry a cell phone.
  • Carry boots, a rain coat, and umbrella when traveling in wet conditions. This includes for any children in the vehicle.

NOTE: Currently Snoqualmie, White, and Stevens passes are closed due to avalanche danger and snow slides.