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May 6, 2014
Lower Snoqualmie farmers needed for flood impact survey
May 14 workshop at Carnation Library, or online survey

Flood reduction grants
Applications due by June 15, 2014

Mar. 16, 2014
King County closes Flood Warning Center as rain-swollen Tolt River recedes

Mar. 16, 2014
King County Flood Warning Center opens as heavy rain brings minor flooding on Tolt River

Mar. 11, 2014
King County closes Flood Warning Center as rivers return to normal following heavy rain

Mar. 10, 2014
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase II flood alert for Cedar River; Green at Phase III

Mar. 9, 2014
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase II flood alert for Green River

Mar. 9, 2014
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase III flood alerts for Tolt, Snoqualmie rivers

Mar. 7, 2014
King County closes Flood Warning Center as rivers recede following heavy storms

Mar. 5, 2014
King County Flood Warning Center opens for minor flooding on Snoqualmie, Tolt rivers

Dec. 24, 2013
King County Flood Warning Center closes as Snoqualmie, Tolt rivers recede

Dec. 23, 2013
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase II flood alert for Snoqualmie River

Dec. 23, 2013
King County Flood Warning Center opens for minor flooding on Tolt River

Dec. 12, 2013
As state climate debate heats up, local governments call for action to cool down
King County and eight mayors join in call for bold state action on climate change

Dec. 12, 2013
External column, Seattle Times
How we can use nature to fend off flooding in Puget Sound 

Dec. 10, 2013
Major flood protection project completed along Green River

Oct. 30, 2013
Third-annual ‘I love the Cedar River’ community meeting planned for Nov. 6

Oct. 29, 2013
Increasing flood risk in Pacific triggers emergency protection measures

Oct. 21, 2013
Flood season is here – are you prepared?
Emergency responders from King and Pierce counties collaborate

Oct. 11, 2013
Major project completed along Cedar River to restore habitat and reduce flood risk

Sep. 30, 2013

King County closes Flood Warning Center as rainfall eases and rivers begin to drop

Sep. 30, 2013
Flood Warning Center opens

King County Strategic Plan Update 
Add your ideas to the mix

Sep. 5, 2013
External article, Seattle P-I
Up to 2 inches of rain, possible flooding expected

Jul. 25, 2013
King County purchases mobile home park along flood-prone Cedar River

Jul. 9, 2013
Reddington Levee project kicks off busy Flood Control District construction season

Deer Creek beaver dam flood risk meeting (pdf)
Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8 p.m., Duvall

Jun. 10, 2013
Final stage of long-term flood risk reduction work under way on Cedar River

March 13, 2013, 3 p.m.
King County closes Flood Warning Center as Snoqualmie River levels recede

March 13, 2013, 6:15 a.m.
Snoqualmie River rises to Phase II flood alert level, brings minor flooding

Dec. 19, 2012
External report, KING5 News
Monday's high tide hits all-time record video

Dec. 3, 2012
Taking Action to Address Climate Change: Council adopts County Strategic Climate Action Plan
King County aims to reduce greenhouse emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050

Nov. 28, 2012
King County presents flood risk reduction strategies at December public meetings

Nov. 5, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Broken beaver dam unleashes flood near Duvall

Record Office revetment repair
Project in the City of Snoqualmie

Oct. 29, 2012
King County opens Flood Warning Center as heavy rain lifts flows on Snoqualmie River

Oct. 10, 2012
Levee projects on White River increase flood safety near King-Pierce county line

Oct. 1, 2012
Leaders stress preparedness, helping neighbors, as King County enters annual flood season

2012-2013 Flood Update (288 Kb pdf)
Flood warning information for major rivers in King County

Aug. 24, 2012
Proposed Green River levee project increases safety for Auburn residents, improves habitat

Aug. 8, 2012
King County continues work to restore habitat along Snoqualmie, Tolt rivers

Jul. 10, 2012
External article, Kent Reporter
Sandbag removal in Kent signals Green River Valley to open for recreation again

Jul. 6, 2012
King County flood risk reduction program remains among highest-rated in the nation
FEMA commends County’s continued leadership in protecting people, property from floodwaters

Jun. 29, 2012
External article, Bellevue Reporter
County works to reduce Lake Sammamish flooding

May 25, 2012
Officials express dismay at FEMA denial of reimbursement for cost of Green River Valley flood protection
FEMA denies $31 million reimbursement for levee and other costs associated with the Howard Hanson Dam flood threat

May 7, 2012
External article, Tukwila Reporter
King County moves step closer to approving Green River sandbag removal plan

Apr. 26, 2012
External news, New York Times
Study Hints at Greater Threat of Extreme Weather

Apr. 9, 2012
King County prepares update to flood plan for continued protection of people, property

Mar. 30, 2012
See how King County protects environment; 2011 DNRP annual report now available

Mar. 14, 2012
External article, Los Angeles Times
Rising sea: Millions at growing risk of flooding, reports find

Feb. 8, 2012
Coastal Flood Hazard Analysis for Vashon and Maury Islands & Sea Level Rise Mapping (external video)

February 2012 message to staff
WLRD Director Mark Isaacson on Equity and Social Justice

Feb. 22, 2012 - 2p.m.
Water releases from dam expected to bring Green River to Phase III flood alert level

Feb. 22, 2012 - 6a.m.
Controlled dam releases bring Green River to Phase II flood alert level

Feb. 21, 2012 - 11p.m.
More rain brings Snoqualmie River up to Phase III flood alert level

Feb. 21, 2012 - 7p.m.
Tolt River rises to Phase III flood alert level, Snoqualmie at Phase II, as rainfall persists

Feb. 21, 2012 - 2p.m.
King County opens Flood Warning Center to monitor rivers as heavy rainfall hits region

Feb. 14, 2012
Help is available for farmers interested in building, repairing livestock-saving farm pads

Feb. 2, 2012
Expert review of river and floodplain projects recommends more, earlier public engagement

2010-2012 Midterm Report (pdf)
King County Executive Dow Constantine

Jan. 30, 2012
Flood Warning Center closes, as rain eases and Snoqualmie River flows recede

Jan. 29, 2012
Flood Warning Center opens as river levels rise

Jan. 27, 2012
King County’s residents weigh in on river management priorities through survey

Dec. 30, 2011
King County closes Flood Warning Center as Green River flows stabilize

Dec. 29, 2011
King County opens Flood Warning Center as Green River rises from dam releases

Dec. 29, 2011
King County closes Flood Warning Center as Snoqualmie River flows recede

Dec. 28, 2011
King County opens Flood Warning Center as Snoqualmie River rises from heavy rain

Dec. 21, 2011
External article, Seattle P-I
Environmental groups sue US over flood management

Nov. 17, 2011
King County research of river conditions to help public safety, habitat on Tolt River

Oct. 24, 2011
Agencies reaffirm King County’s high credit ratings ahead of bond sale

Oct. 10, 2011
King County public meeting for Lake Allen flooding remedy update set for Oct. 29

Oct. 6, 2011
Flood-fighting pumps returning to Pacific as King County prepares for storm season

Fall 2011
New flood phases on Cedar, Tolt rivers
King County has adjusted the flood phases on the Cedar and Tolt rivers to more accurately reflect observed flooding impacts during high river flows. Flood Alerts will be issued using the latest flood phase thresholds.

Sept. 30, 2011
Flood Awareness Month gains urgency as potential exists for second La Nina winter

Sept. 30, 2011
Two King County organizations honored with first-ever Executive’s Awards for Community Preparedness

Sept. 27, 2011
External opinion, Seattle Times
Howard Hanson, a dam site better

Sept. 16, 2011
King County Executive, City Mayors hail announcement on Howard Hanson Dam
Call for continued collaboration and vigilance on emergency preparedness

Aug. 15, 2011
External article, Tukwila Reporter
Engineers run more tests at Howard Hanson Dam along Green River

July 12, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
FEMA won't pick up $30 million tab to prepare for flooding

May 26, 2011
External report, KUOW Weekday
How Do We Prevent Flood Damage Here? audio

May 5, 2011
Executive Constantine, Flood Control District praise signing of legislation protecting flood funds
City Mayors join Constantine, Patterson in thanking Legislature for work after Governor signs EHB 1969

April 21, 2011
Executive Constantine proposes next wave of King County actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and respond to climate change
Motion addresses near-term actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for local impacts such as sea level rise and flooding

April 14, 2011
Executive Constantine goes online April 18 to discuss climate change with experts, public

April 7, 2011
April 28 meeting in Vashon to discuss new flood maps, coastal shoreline study

Mar. 30, 2011, 9 p.m.
Controlled releases from dam expected to push Green River to Phase II flood alert level

Mar. 30, 2011, 3:50 p.m.
Snoqualmie River up to Phase III flood alert; as rain continues in portions of King County

Mar. 30, 2011, 12:50 p.m.
Tolt River rises to Phase III flood alert level; King County monitoring rain-swollen rivers

Mar. 30, 2011, 10:30 a.m.
Snoqualmie River rises to Phase II flood alert level; wet weather continues in King County

Mar. 30, 2011. 8:30 a.m.
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor rising Tolt River flows

Mar. 9, 2011
External article, SnoValley Star
State Legislature saves flood control district funding

Mar. 9, 2011
External article, The News Tribune
For the health of Puget Sound, floodplains must be healthy

Feb. 11, 2011
Help available for farmers interested in building, repairing livestock-saving farm pads
King County schedules Feb. 28 meeting in Preston to offer advice, technical help

Jan. 25, 2011
External article, Mother Jones
Why Seattle Will Stay Dry When Your City Floods

Public Meetings: FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps
Auburn, Renton, Kent Jan. 26, Jan. 27, Feb. 7

Puget Sound starts here

Jan. 26, 2011
King County closes Flood Warning Center as last of the rain-swollen river flows subside

Jan. 24, 2011
External article, Auburn Reporter
Pacific passes first flood threat, plans to review response with officials

Jan. 21, 2011 - 10:30 p.m.
Cedar River rises to Phase III flood alert
Green river remains at Phase III flood alert level, Tolt at Phase II

Jan. 21, 2011 - 2:25 p.m.
More rain brings Tolt River to Phase II flood alert level; King County monitoring flows
Green River also rising to Phase III flood alert level with dam releases

Jan 17, 2011 - 9:45 a.m.
Cedar River climbs to Phase IV flood alert
Snoqualmie, Green rivers still seeing moderate flooding in areas

Jan 17, 2011 - 4:15 a.m.
Cedar River climbs to Phase III flood alert
Snoqualmie, Green rivers also experiencing moderate flooding in areas

Jan 16, 2011 - 8 p.m.
Cedar River rises to Phase II flood alert
Snoqualmie, Green rivers remain at Phase III flood alert levels

Jan 16, 2011 - 11:30 a.m.
Tolt River up to Phase III flood alert level as heavy rain continues in King County
King County Flood Warning monitoring rising rivers

Jan 16, 2011 - 3:50 a.m.
Pineapple Express delivering heavy rain; Snoqualmie River at Phase III flood alert level
King County Flood Warning Center continues to monitor rising rivers

Jan 16, 2011 - 2:45 a.m.
Controlled water releases from dam expected to send Green River to Phase II flood alert level
King County Flood Warning Center open and monitoring minor flood flows

Jan 16, 2011 - 12:30 a.m.
Flood Warning Center opens as river levels rise
Heavy rainfall brings Tolt, Snoqualmie rivers into Phase II flood alert level

Jan 15, 2011 - 10 a.m.
Flood Warning Center closes as river flows drop
Rain later today could lead to re-opening for flood monitoring coordination

Jan. 14, 2010 - 7:45 p.m.
Controlled releases from dam expected to push Green River to Phase II flood alert level
King County Flood Warning Center continues monitoring high flows

Jan. 14, 2011
External article, The News Tribune
Heavy rain could lead to flooding in area rivers

Jan. 14, 2011 - 12:30 a.m.
Snoqualmie River rises to Phase II flood alert level; wet weather continues in King County

Jan. 13, 2011 - 1 p.m.
King County opens Flood Warning Center as persistent rain brings high flows to Tolt River

Jan. 7, 2011 - 10 p.m.
King County Flood Warning Center closes after minor high-flow event on Tolt River

Jan. 7, 2011 - 5:45 p.m.
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor rising Tolt River flows

Dec. 14, 2010
Land use policies help limit damage from landslides and flooding during weekend flooding
Continued investment still needed to prevent sewer overflows; Executive praises personal preparedness and self-reliance of residents

Dec. 13, 2010 - 10:30 p.m.
King County Flood Warning Center closing as river flows continue to drop

Dec. 13, 2010 - 8:30 a.m.
Howard Hanson Dam water releases bring Green River to Phase III Flood Alert
Flood water mostly to affect agricultural areas upstream of Auburn; Tolt, Snoqualmie receding, but water taking time to move through system

Dec. 12, 2010 - 2 p.m.
Minor flooding expected along middle Green River as King County continues flood response
Tolt up to Phase IV, Snoqualmie still at Phase III flood alert level

Dec. 12, 2010 - 1 p.m.
King County responds to wastewater system issues following weekend storm
Sewer utility crews working to address issues and restore normal operation

Dec. 12, 2010 - 9:45 a.m.
Snoqualmie River rises to Phase III flood alert level as rain continues to pound King County
Tolt River also at Phase III; Flood Warning Center monitoring rivers countywide

Dec. 12, 2010 - 4:35 a.m.
Rain pushes Tolt River to Phase III flood alert level, Snoqualmie River rises to Phase II

Dec. 12, 2010 - 2:40 a.m.
King County opens Flood Warning Center as heavy rain brings flood flows to Tolt River

Dec. 12, 2010
Crews respond quickly to storm-related overflow at Medina Pump Station
Work under way to restore normal operation

Dec. 10, 2010
King County prepared for wet weather, urges citizens to get ready, stay ready
King County Flood Alerts helps people stay safe during flood season

Dec. 6, 2010
External article, The News Tribune
A comprehensive look at the future of flooding

Dec. 5, 2010
Cat adoption fees waived; foster parents needed
Owner-surrendered adult cats temporarily not accepted to keep shelter population low during flood season

Dec. 2, 2010
King County flood preparedness videos available in multiple languages

Nov. 30, 2010
External article, Marketplace
Insurance companies have no doubts about global warming

Nov. 30, 2010
Executive signs updated shoreline protections for rivers, lakes and Puget Sound

Nov. 29, 2010
External article, Bellevue Reporter
Hague amendments to Flood District’s budget to benefit Bellevue residents

Nov. 22, 2010
King County adopts flood control budget
2011 wet season forecasted

Nov. 4, 2010
Brief phone survey of King County floodplain residents aimed at improving safety

Nov. 2, 2010
Sign up for King County Flood Alerts and be prepared for a wet fall, winter

Nov. 2, 2010
External article, Issaquah Press
Issaquah braces for rain-soaked winter, creek floods

Nov. 2, 2010
External article, Issaquah Press
Planning for worst-case scenario is business as usual for emergency director

Nov. 1, 2010 - 11 p.m.
King County Flood Warning Center closes after minor flood event on Snoqualmie River

Nov. 1, 2010 - 9:30 p.m.
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor rising Snoqualmie River flows

Oct. 31, 2010
External column, Seattle Times
Recession, not water creates new King County flood crisis

Oct. 19, 2010
External report, KPLU audio
Howard Hanson Dam Faces Another Flood Season

Oct. 10, 2010
King County Flood Warning Center closes after minor flood event along Tolt River

Oct. 10, 2010
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor rising Tolt River flows

Oct. 10, 2010
External report, KIRO TV
King Co Flood Warning Center Monitoring Tolt River

Flood Awareness Month video

Oct. 7, 2010
External article, Seattle P-I
Hot stuff: UW part of national effort to study global warming

Oct. 5, 2010
King County adds pumps to its flood fight for City of Pacific this flood season

Oct. 5, 2010
County leaders mark 50 years of flood warning services, urge preparedness
Floodplain residents encouraged to make safety plans, sign up for flood alerts

Maintenance of agricultural drainages in the Snoqualmie Valley
Notice of determination of non-significance under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)

Oct. 4, 2010
External article, Seattle P-I
Tough winter ahead for Pacific Northwest

Oct. 3, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
'Take Winter by Storm' urges preparations for cold weather

Sept. 29, 2010
External report, KIRO TV
Powerful La Nina Means Cold, Wet Winter Likely

Sept. 21, 2010
External article, Snoqualmie Valley Record
La Niña’s back: Prepare now for Snoqualmie River flooding

Sept. 21, 2010
External report, KOMO News
Fixes coming to hundreds of vandalized Green River sandbags video

Sept. 8, 2010
External article, Auburn Reporter
Reduced risk has not slowed preparations for potential flooding from Hanson Dam

Aug. 10, 2010
External article, The News Tribune
Howard Hanson Dam flood risk subsiding

Aug. 10, 2010
External artcle, Seattle P-I
Part of Cedar River Trail to close Aug. 16 for levee repairs

Aug. 7, 2010
External article, Seattle P-I
Flood program must consider salmon and whales

Aug. 7, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
FEMA drafts building rules that lessen harm to salmon

July 30, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Obama approves $44M to patch Hanson Dam; Corps say fix may be permanent

July 28, 2010
King County wins four awards for excellence in Information Technology

July 27, 2010
External article, Kent Reporter
U.S. House approves $44 million for Hanson Dam repairs to help prevent flooding

July 27, 2010
External article, Sightline Daily
The Real Worth: Puget Sound

July 23, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
U.S. Senate OKs $44 million for Howard Hanson Dam emergency repairs

July 22, 2010
King County names experienced local emergency manager to lead County’s Office of Emergency Management

June 12, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Corps of Engineers wants trees removed near levees, clashing with salmon advocates

June 9, 2010
External report, KIRO TV
Creek Flooding Farm, Roads Near Snoqualmie video

May 28, 2010
External article, Kent Reporter
U.S. Senate passes Howard Hanson Dam repair bill

May 20, 2010
King County sets public meetings to preview projects involving large wood placement

May 13, 2010
Constantine thanks Sen. Murray for securing $44 million for critical repairs to Howard Hanson Dam video
Funding will allow Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with interim fix and reduce Green River Valley flood risk

May 10, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Wall to fix Howard Hanson Dam could cost $450M

May 6, 2010
Governor, county officials urge federal government to help expedite Howard Hanson Dam repairs
Constantine, Patterson and von Reichbauer join Governor, mayors and business community in seeking funding to reduce Green River Valley flood threat

May 6, 2010
External article, Seattle P-I
Wash. governor, officials lobby for speedy dam fix

May 5, 2010
External article, Auburn Reporter
Constantine huddles with Pacific leaders

May 4, 2010
External article, Tacoma News Tribune
Seepage returns to normal at Howard Hanson Dam

April 15, 2010
King County, Green River Valley cities to test emergency notification system
Up to 175,000 businesses and residents to be contacted by phone, text, email

April 9, 2010
External column, Seattle Times
Dams, dikes and dredging: Can we 'fix' our rivers?

April 1, 2010
King County Flood Control District hazard mitigation draft plan available for review
Public comments are invited on potential hazards and mitigation plans

March 18, 2010
Regional leaders join County Executive to urge federal support for new interim solution proposed for federal Howard Hanson Dam
If $44 million can be found by May 1, Army Corps could have interim fix by fall

March 7, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
FEMA's new flood maps go too far, some cities say

Feb. 10, 2010
King County Flood Control District preparing hazard mitigation plan to ensure public safety

Feb. 5, 2010
Executive praises state Congressional delegation for support of fix for federal Howard Hanson Dam
Letter follows Executive’s request for urgency during recent trip to Wash. D.C .

Feb. 1, 2010
Learn what to do before, during and after a flood

Jan. 20 2010
External article, Kent Reporter
State, county work to prevent Green River flood pollution from Kent auto-wrecking yard

Jan. 19, 2010
External opinion, Seattle Times
We must protect the Green River valley from flooding

Jan. 14, 2010
King County Flood Warning Center closes as Tolt River levels drop

Jan. 14, 2010
King County opens Flood Warning Center as Tolt River levels rise

Jan. 12, 2010
External opinion, Seattle Times
New-school techniques to minimize flooding at Mount Rainier and elsewhere

Jan. 3, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Rainier's rocks are filling riverbeds

Dec. 15, 2009
Constantine makes first inspection of Green River flood zone as King County Executive
Executive meets with mayors, regional partners, and is briefed by emergency managers

Dec. 4, 2009
Special, no-cost pesticides collection for farmers and small businesses preparing for floods

Nov. 18, 2009
External video, Kent Reporter
Vintage film: The Green River Flood of 1946 video

Nov. 17, 2009
Minor flooding along Tolt, Snoqualmie as King County monitoring rain-swollen rivers

Nov. 17, 2009
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor Snoqualmie River flooding

Nov. 13, 2009
King County adds new alert system to public safety tools for flood season

King County wants your opinion!
Countywide Strategic Plan

Nov. 9, 2009
Sandbagging contest: prepare for winter

Nov. 6, 2009
National water conference, Nov. 9-12 in Seattle, features Puget Sound restoration work

Nov. 5, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Work has cut threat of floods in Green River Valley

Nov. 5, 2009
Web site provides one-stop shopping for sandbag distribution sites in King County

Nov. 4, 2009
King County offering free sandbags to residents on Green River’s flood-threatened middle stretch

Nov. 3, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Green River gets beefed-up gauges

Nov. 2, 2009
Green River evacuation signs installed

Nov. 2, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Flood worries rise for Green River's rural neighbors

Oct. 31, 2009
King County Flood Warning Center closes following brief, minor flood event on Snoqualmie

Oct. 27, 2009
External news release, City of Tukwila
Unfair Business Practices Reported Relating To Flood Preparations

Oct. 22, 2009
External news, Seattle P-I
King County tests flood barrier to protect plant

Oct. 26, 2009 - 9:15 a.m.
King County Flood Warning Center opens as Snoqualmie, Tolt rivers rise on heavy rains

Oct. 21, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Lawmakers want better forecasting for Green River

Oct. 21, 2009
Work under way to protect clean-water infrastructure in Green River flood zone

Oct. 21, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Lawmakers want better forecasting for Green River

Oct., 20, 2009
Executive Kurt Triplett commends King County Council for approval of $34.6 million flood funding request

Oct., 19, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Weekend rain had little effect on Green River dam

Oct. 18, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Campaign urges readiness for winter's trials

Oct. 15, 2009
External report, KING5 News
Free Sandbags In Kent and Auburn video

Oct. 15, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Storm sensors sought for Green River flood forecasts

Oct. 8, 2009
Keep a lid on it! Wastewater agency warns against opening manholes during flooding

Oct. 7, 2009
King County, Army Corps of Engineers bringing extra flood protection to Pacific

Oct. 6, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
City remaps 2 flood-prone areas

Oct. 5, 2009
External report, KING5 News
Some Green River sandbagging may do more harm video

Oct. 1, 2009
Flood Awareness Month highlights need for residents to prepare across King County

Sept. 30, 2009
Tree cutting on King County’s Green River levees clears way for advance flood-fight tools

Sept. 30, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Kent is hosting flood meetings

Sept. 30, 2009
External article, Crosscut
Bigger lessons in the Green River floodplain

Sept. 29, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Flood insurance dries up for Kent Valley companies

Sept. 29, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Murray, Reichert, Smith urge flood preparations

Sept. 28, 2009
External report, KOMO News
Sandbags to line Green River delivered video

Sept. 17, 2009 public meeting
White River flood safety information presentation

Sept. 23, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Army corps buying sandbags for Green River Valley

Sept. 23, 2009
External report, KOMO News
'We are trying to fix a hill and not a dam' video

Sept. 21, 2009
External report, KOMO News
Levee work along Green River begins video

Sept. 18, 2009
External article, Seattle times
Know the risks are real from flooding in the Green River Valley

Sept. 18, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Green River needs higher levees -- quickly

Sept. 16, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Officials plan for worst if Green River floods

Sept. 15, 2009
External report, KUOW News
Officials Step Up Planning for Possible Green River Flooding audio

Sept. 14, 2009
External report, KING5 News
Lawmakers promise flood aid to Green River Valley video

Sept. 14, 2009
Triplett proposes $40 million to shore up Green River levees and prepare county services for potential flood

Sept. 10, 2009
External report, KIRO TV News
Flood Insurance Buyers: Know What Is Covered video

Sept. 10, 2009
External report, KING5 News
Flood emergency declared in King County video

Sept. 10, 2009
King County declares pre-emptive emergency in preparation for potential Green River flooding

Sept. 10, 2009
External report, KOMO News
King County: Be prepared for the flood video

Sept. 9, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Elections office moving out of flood zone to Boeing Field

Sept. 2, 2009
Green River Valley farmers can learn more about flood safety, dam repairs, at public meetings

Sept. 2, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Flood fears may force King Co. Elections dept. move

Executive Office priorities

Aug. 28, 2009
It’s summer: The perfect time to think about … flood insurance?
Don’t wait for flood season; it takes 30 days for a policy to kick in

Aug. 27, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Flood threat may cost King County millions

Aug. 5, 2009
External article, Kent Reporter
Two major repair projects to start at Howard Hanson Dam

Countywide Strategic Plan

Jul. 31, 2009
King County making crucial repairs to levees; Portion of Cedar River Trail closed during work

Jul. 14, 2009
Busy flood levee construction season gets under way along King County rivers
Ambitious work schedule follows emergency repairs from winter storms

Jul. 10, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
El Niño returns; likely to last through winter

Jul. 8, 2009
Red River flood responders share lessons learned with King County and area governments preparing for potential Green River Valley Flood

Jul. 8, 2009
Public safeguards in wake of dam concerns include earlier warning of Green River high water

Jun. 23, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
'Very fast' seepage found at dam upriver from Kent, Renton, Auburn, Tukwila

Jun. 11, 2009

Tree removal along King County rivers is prelude to important summer levee-rebuilding projectsCounty works with federal, state, local agencies to ensure public safety

Jun. 3, 2009
Tolt River floodplain project gears up for final phase to restore habitat, sustain levee

Jun. 3, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
"Broken" communication between dam operator and local governments exacerbated Pacific flood

May 28, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Coastal radar station sought to improve storm forecasts

May 21, 2009
Public comment sought on proposed minor changes to floodplain management rules
Public meeting set for June 2; online and written comments also accepted

May 18, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Swine flu return, severe flooding big King County concerns

Apr. 28, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Feds: New floodplain rules to go unenforced

Apr. 13, 2009
External opinion, Seattle Times
Close loopholes in Washington's Growth Management Act

Apr. 10, 2009
External article, Auburn Reporter
County stands ready in wake of flood concerns - Patterson, Dunn

Apr. 7, 2009
Sammamish River flood map work gets under way

Mar. 26, 2009
Green River flood safety meeting March 31
Open house, presentations provide public with latest details

  • Meeting notice

Mar. 24, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
March 31 is deadline to apply for storm-damage assistance

Mar. 18, 2009
Public meeting in Auburn: Learn about Howard Hanson Dam, Green River safety March 31

Mar. 17, 2009
External article, SnoValley Star
County forms ideas to help with flooding

Mar. 15, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
South King County at high risk for flooding

Mar. 10, 2009
Farm pad meeting coming to Snoqualmie Valley

Feb. 26, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Suit threatened over levee trees

Feb. 13, 2009
External opinion, Seattle Times
Shrewder planning needed to avoid flood devastation

Feb. 11, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
King County Council addresses flooding

Jan. 31, 2009
FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center In King County

Jan. 31, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Flooding victims in 8 counties can request federal help

Jan. 30, 2009
Presidential declaration of disaster issued for flood event in King County

Jan. 27, 2009
External article, King 5 News
King County farms left scarred by winter storms video

Jan. 27, 2009
King County residents affected by flooding can receive vouchers for free flood debris disposal

Jan. 26, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Free disposal of flood debris extended

Jan. 26, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Flood maps missed mark; Pacific homeowners got soaked

Jan. 23, 2009
External article, King 5 News
King County dam compromised in recent weather video

Jan. 22, 2009
King County checking for more flood damage as emergency levee repair work is completed

Jan. 20, 2009
King County to keep close eye on Green River as Howard Hanson Dam assessment continues

Jan. 14, 2009
Controlled water releases from dam pushes Green River to Phase III flood alert level

Jan. 13, 2009
King County Flood Warning Center opens as dam releases push Green River higher

Jan. 12, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
King County to open flood-damage hotline

Jan. 12, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
As nature's buffers disappear, flooding becomes routine in Puget Sound region

Jan. 11, 2009
King County crews make progress opening and repairing flood-damage roads and levees
Flood Warning Center closes as river levels drop

Jan. 11, 2009
King County staff and volunteers pull out the stops to help Pacific flood victims clean up

Jan. 11, 2009
King County responds to urgent needs of Pacific flood victims in first steps of recovery
Silt from the White River leaves mess for almost 100 homeowners

Jan. 10, 2009
Damage assessment and debris removal begin as flooding recedes
King County and city officials help residents clean up flood debris

Jan. 10, 2009
Emergency repairs under way to flood-damaged levees
Safety information available for citizens returning to damaged homes

Photos: Devastating floods hit King Couny in January 2009

Video: January 2009 Flood Event Video

Jan. 9, 2009
Historic flows, significant road and structure damage visible as King County Executive tours flood damaged communities

Jan. 9, 2009
Record flows on Tolt River near Carnation, possible severe damage to two levees
Crests on other rivers raise hopes of increased access in other areas

Jan. 8, 2009
Flooding cuts off residents in East King County
Levee upgrades, farm pads keeping residents and animals safer this year

Jan. 8, 2009
King County Executive signs emergency proclamation
County crews clearing mudslides, Public Health providing mutual aid

Jan. 7, 2009
Residents, motorists urged to stay safe as King County experiences historic flooding

Nov. 20, 2008
Next phase of habitat restoration work starts soon at Snoqualmie River’s Chinook Bend

Nov. 17, 2008
Report flood damage to telephone hotline until Tuesday Online form available thereafter

Nov. 14, 2008
Online form available for victims of flooding to report damages

Nov. 13, 2008
White River rising to Phase II flood alert level as flood control dam creates storage capacity

Nov. 13, 2008
Green River flows climb; Snoqualmie River very high near Carnation

Nov. 12, 2008
King County Executive Ron Sims declares a local proclamation of emergency

Nov. 12, 2008
Rain pushes Tolt River to Phase IV flood alert level

Nov. 12, 2008
Rain-swollen Snoqualmie River rises to Phase IV flood alert level

Oct. 14, 2008
Oct. 22 meeting in Enumclaw set to discuss new flood maps, flood study for the White River

Oct. 7, 2008
Workshop for floodplain farmers set for Oct. 28
King County workshop covers flood preparedness, farm pads, other topics

Oct. 3, 2008
Leaders stress that now is the time to plan for rising water in flood-prone areas
‘Best in nation’ floodplain management and aggressive levee repair efforts

Oct. 1, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
This winter, expect ... absolutely anything
El Niño and La Niña are so yesteryear

Sept. 30, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
FEMA examines insurance plan for floodplains

Sept. 29, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
A building ban near rivers?
Feds call for moratorium in bid to protect salmon, orcas

Sept. 25, 2008
Flood protection achievements outlined in King County Flood Control Zone District report
Tens of millions of dollars slated for projects across King County

Aug. 20, 2008
Tolt River restoration project nears halfway mark as King County, Seattle improve habitat and park

Aug. 5, 2008
Cedar River Trail closure coming as King County repairs damages sustained during 2006 flood

July 23, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
Staying ahead of the floods

July 10, 2008
Sims will appeal land use decision by Court of Appeals

CAO Ruling FAQ

July 8, 2008
King County farmers get flexibility to protect equipment, stock with new rules in flood areas

July 8, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
KingCo case may determine state land use regulations

July 7, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Court nixes county's land use limits
Half of property would have had to stay natural

July 1, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
County OKs floodplain pads, buildings by farmers
Lack of such structures exacerbated flooding losses

June 25, 2008
Flood levee repairs get under way throughout King County
First 55 projects undertaken by countywide Flood Control Zone District

March 11, 2008
King County mobile home park buyout will relocate residents from harm’s way

March 11, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
King County to relocate mobile-home residents

Feb. 10, 2008
External column, Seattle Times
Protect vulnerable floodplains

Feb. 6, 2008
King County farmers would get new flood protection with task force proposals

Dec. 21, 2007
King County added to federal flood relief
Residents and businesses now eligible for aid

Dec. 18, 2007
External article, Seattle Times
King County's new flood philosophy: Stop fighting nature

July 16, 2008
External Opinion, Seattle P-I
County plans to stanch the flooding

Dec. 10, 2007
King County Council approves Sims’ proposal to waive disposal fees for flood-damaged items

December, 2007
External article, Governing Magazine
Local Warming
It's too late to stop climate change. What we can do is plan for it.

Dec. 6, 2007
Sims proposes waiver of disposal fees for flood-damaged debris, Dec. 13-16

Dec. 5, 2007
Damage reporting hotline open

Dec. 4, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Climate change could mean more massive downpours

Dec. 4, 2007
King County issues emergency proclamation

Dec. 4, 2007
Seattle P-I Editorial Board
King County: Why we tax

Dec. 4, 2007
External article, Seattle Times
Storm drenches region; rescuers "overwhelmed"

Dec. 3, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
State of emergency declared as deadly storm hits region

Dec. 2, 2007
External article, Seattle Times
Flood of changes

Nov. 29, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Senator to keep EPA focused on Duwamish

Nov. 29, 2007
External article, Seattle Times
Bigger floodplain, bigger worries

Nov. 7, 2007
Businesses, transportation corridors protected as repairs completed on damaged Green River levee

Flood Safety in King County, Washington

Oct. 30, 2007
King County's Flood Warning Center poised for duty as winter weather arrives

Oct. 30, 2007
Region’s leaders announce new measures to speed winter response as they kick-off annual storm campaign

Oct. 30, 2007
King County reducing flood threats to residents, region's economy
County's flood management planning is among nation's best

Oct. 24, 2007
New report demonstrates regional economic value of businesses within county floodplains
Severe flooding could cost regional economy more than $46 million a day

Oct. 16, 2007
Kathy Lambert and Larry Phillips
Flood-control improvements protect all county residents

Oct. 15, 2007
Federal flood maps updated to digital format; Public meetings set to gather input

Oct. 7, 2007
External column, Seattle P-I
For West, climate change is about water

Oct. 5, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Seattle readies for winter storms
City and county urge residents to be prepared

Sept. 27, 2007
External article, King 5
Another nasty winter on the way to Western Washington?

Sept. 28, 2007
Sims pleased with best-in-nation flood honor, but ‘won’t rest easy’ until aging levees are repaired
October is ‘Flood Awareness Month', King County residents urged to prepare

Aug. 6, 2007
King County, Corps of Engineers to rebuild damaged levee
Improvements will protect Kent and hundreds of millions in investments

July 30, 2007
Snoqualmie Valley farmers get tools to protect against winter flooding

Archived Flooding News

Jun. 13, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Residents reluctant to leave the Raging River

Apr.16, 2007
Sims' plan to repair levees moves forward

Feb. 7, 2007
King County Proposes Global Warming Action Plan
Other cities, counties and private sector urged to join effort

Feb. 2, 2007
Seattle Post Intelligencer
19 levees in King County at risk of failure, corps reports

Feb. 2, 2007
Seattle Times
Trees called threat to King County river levees

Jan. 17, 2007
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Flood-control plan backed
County's next step: How to pay for it

Jan. 16, 2007
King County's flood protection gets boost from County Council's unanimous vote

Jan. 16, 2007
Shoreline management review launched in King County

Dec. 15, 2006
King County wastewater facilities resuming normal operation after severe storms, flooding

Dec. 15, 2006
Emergency proclamation issued in King County
Wind, more flooding

Dec. 13, 2006
Seattle Post Intelligencer
King and 10 other flooded counties to get federal aid

November Flooding:

Dec. 11, 2006
Trees along Green River levee must be removed to avoid damage to flood-prevention structure

Nov. 9, 2006
Preston road collapses into Raging River

Nov.7, 2006, 10pm
Executive Sims visits flooded areas in King County

Nov. 3, 2006,
King County ready to protect people, property from floodwaters

Oct. 30, 2006
Sims: Predictions of warmer, wetter winters heighten need for flood-protection upgrades

Oct. 2, 2006
As flood season nears, Sims encourages residents in flood-prone areas to prepare for rising waters
Executive also reiterates need to shore up aging levee system

July 21, 2006
Sims and Nickels share national environmental award

Executive Proposed 2006 King County Flood Hazard Management Plan
Water and Land Resources Division

July 12, 2006
External Article, Seattle Times
Global warming: They're not laughing at Ron Sims now

July 6, 2006
Sims says flood protection can't wait, proposes countywide district to shore up aging levees

June 5, 2006
Seattle Times
An even grayer Seattle from global warming?

May 18, 2006
External link, King 5
Katrina-like levee failures could happen in Western Washington

March 8, 2006
External link, Seattle Times
Green River levees slowly deteriorating

Video: Winter 2006 Flood Response
(Real Media format)

Jan. 16, 2006
County crews continue efforts to control massive slide near Renton

Jan. 13, 2006
Half of Marymoor Park's popular off-leash dog area closed due to flood waters

Greenprint for King County
Regional conservation strategy

Nov. 10, 2005
King County's Flood Warning Center poised for duty as winter weather arrives

Nov. 10, 2005
Levee repairs, floodplain mapping and capital projects prepare for rising waters
Sterling flood rating means citizens pay less in insurance premiums

Oct. 27, 2005
King County praised as national leader in addressing climate change

Oct. 26, 2005
Sims outlines efforts to reduce emissions, prepare for global warming

Oct. 19, 2005
Best in the nation floodplain management rating

Oct. 5, 2005
Sims encourages residents in flood-prone areas to prepare for rising rivers

Oct. 3, 2005
Climate expert, Dr. Stephen Schneider, joins King County Climate Change Conference, Oct. 27, 2005

Oct. 1, 2005
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Early flood is just a start for wet, windy winter

Dec. 28, 2004
You can know if a tsunami is heading your way

» Critical Areas Package - CAO Resources

Nov. 10, 2004
StormReady designation rewards King County's nationally-acclaimed work serving flood-prone areas

Nov. 10, 2004
King County's Flood Warning Center poised for duty as winter weather arrives

Oct. 22, 2004
Advisory group to meet on Flood Hazard Reduction Plan

Sept. 30, 2004
With flood season on the way, Sims encourages residents to keep families safe

Sept. 29, 2004
Snoqualmie community, agencies celebrate expected relief from destructive floodwaters

Aug. 24, 2004
King County removes willows in effort to improve Sammamish River flood protection

Aug. 24, 2004
Late summer storms causing winter-like problems in King County

Measuring for Results
Natural Resources and Parks Second Annual Performance Measures Report.

Jul. 12, 2004

Interested in floodplain issues?King County seeks property owners, stakeholders for floodplain advisory committee

Jun. 10, 2004
King County's Clark receives national award for flood hazard reduction efforts

Mar. 12, 2004
Previously flood-prone Fall City neighborhood benefits from King County drainage improvement project

Feb.27, 2004
Sims works with City of Kenmore to reduce flooding in Swamp Creek Basin

Feb. 20, 2004
Flood map work begins in March

Feb. 10, 2004
Executive Sims transmits plan to protect more than 600 flood-prone homes in upper Snoqualmie Valley

Feb.5, 2004
King County project provides Issaquah Creek property relief from flooding, erosion

Jan. 16, 2004
Panther Creek drainage improvement project gives Kent area drivers more peace of mind

Clearing the way for Flood Preparedness

Nov. 7, 2003
When rivers rise, King County's Flood Warning Center is ready to roll

Nov. 7, 2003
Residents, property owners in flood-prone areas benefit as King County readies for winter's rising waters

Nov. 7, 2003
Taking Winter by Storm press conference video and text transcript

Nov. 7, 2003
King County Roads Division is prepared for winter's worst

Oct. 24, 2003
King County's efforts to reduce flood hazards helped protect people and property from record-setting rainstorm

Oct. 23, 2003
King County Government saves citizens 30% on flood insurance premiums

Oct. 22, 2003
Floods stress septic systems, may lead to damage or failure

Oct. 21, 2003
External link: Seattle P-I
Seattle a soaked, soggy mess

Oct. 21, 2003
Record rainfall causes overflows at three of 42 wastewater pump stations

Oct. 20, 2003
Local projects under way to get clean rainwater out of region's sewer system

Oct. 2, 2003
Executive Sims cautions that now is the time to prepare for flood season

May 6, 2003
Agencies invite landowner participation in lower Snoqualmie River flood hazard reduction program

Jan. 30, 2003
King County, Corps of Engineers, Snoqualmie sign agreement on flood reduction project