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Flooding services

King County, Washington

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Flooding services and information in King County, WA

King County Flood Control District

The King County Flood Control District was established in April, 2007 by ordinance 15728 of the Metropolitan King County Council to protect public health and safety, regional economic centers, public and private properties and transportation corridors. The newly created district will be instrumental in addressing the backlog of maintenance and repairs to levees and revetments, acquiring repetitive loss properties and other at-risk floodplain properties, and improving countywide flood warning and flood prediction capacity.

Overarching countywide strategies and objectives include:

  • Improving levee protection through major commercial, industrial and residential areas,
  • Improving flood water conveyance and capacity,
  • Reducing hazards by removing flood, erosion, and landslide prone residential structures,
  • Providing safe access to homes and businesses by protecting key transportation routes,
  • Minimizing creation of new risks to public safety from development pressure.

Funding Opportunities

Opportunity Fund - Funding set aside for jurisdictions' projects or activities that address flood control, stormwater improvements and watershed management activities, such as habitat conservation, if linked to flood or stormwater activities.

Flood Reduction Fund (external link) - The Flood Reduction Fund targets medium and small local flood reduction projects including projects where the control of stormwater will have a direct benefit in reducing flooding.

Economic Impact

The Connection between Floodplains and the Economy
Learn about the economic effects of flooding on King County businesses and the region's overall economy.

Governance

The King County Flood Control District (KCFCD) is an independent special purpose district of the State of Washington, as authorized by Chapter 86.15 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). RCW 86.15 authorizes the King County Council to be the District’s board of supervisors, the governing body for the KCFCD. In addition, the District’s governance structure is comprised of an advisory committee, King County staff, and basin technical committees.

Schedule and Timeline

On January 16, 2007, the County Council adopted the 2006 King County Flood Hazard Management Plan which identifies and recommends a suite of projects, programs and policies to address flooding in King County, the impacts of which pose significant threats to public safety and regional economic viability.

In April and May of 2007, the King County Council passed the District Formation Ordinance, established Basin Technical Committees, and established a 15-member advisory committee.