Residents, business owners need to be prepared for flooding

Tukwila residents and business owners in the Green River Valley need to be ready for a second straight winter of potential flooding because the Howard Hanson Dam still cannot hold back as much water as its original design. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees operations of Hanson Dam, reminds residents to be alert and aware about weather conditions and the potential for flooding.

Tukwila residents and business owners in the Green River Valley need to be ready for a second straight winter of potential flooding because the Howard Hanson Dam still cannot hold back as much water as its original design.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees operations of Hanson Dam, reminds residents to be alert and aware about weather conditions and the potential for flooding.

The corps has lowered the threat of Green River flooding this winter to 1 in 60 from 1 in 33 last year because of installation of a grout curtain. But the odds of flooding are 1 in 140 when the dam is fully operational. Additional repairs to put the dam at that level are not expected to be completed until 2012.

“People need to stay prepared,” said Casondra Brewster, an Army Corps public affairs specialist in Seattle. “We’ve still got a ways to go. It’s better than last year but Mother Nature was kind to us last year and we’re not sure that will happen this year.”

Tukwila city officials recommend that residents and property owners buy flood insurance, have evacuation routes in mind and have emergency kits at home and in their vehicles.

For additional information on potential flooding and how to be prepared, go to www.ci.tukwila.wa.us/hhdam.html, or call the Tukwila Fire Department at 206-575-4404.

The city Web site includes a form to sign up for emergency notifications from the city in case of a flood or other emergency.

• Key Web sites about flooding:

Flood planning and response: www.kingcounty.gov/floodplans

Family disaster preparedness: www.3days3ways.org

Green River gauge readings: www.kingcounty.gov/flood or 1-800-945-9263

City of Tukwila: www.ci.tukwila.wa.us/hhdam.html or 206-575-4404

National Flood Insurance: www.floodsmart.gov or 1-888-379-9531

National Weather Service: www.wrh.noaa.gov/sew

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: www.nws.usace.army.mil

[flipp]

More in News

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon and Page Carson Foster. Photo credit Washington State Legislative Support Services
Carson Foster serves as page in Washington State House

The following was submitted to the Reporter: Carson Foster, a student at… Continue reading

Jim Pitts stands on walkway overlooking filtration chambers at the King County South Treatment Plant in Renton. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
Human waste: Unlikely climate change hero?

King County treatment plant joins effort to counteract effects of carbon dioxide.

Washington State Capitol Building. Photo by Emma Epperly/WNPA Olympia News Bureau
Legislation targets rape kit backlog

WA has about 10,000 untested kits; new law would reduce testing time to 45 days

File photo
Law enforcement oversight office seeks subpoena power

Organization has been unable to investigate King County Sheriff’s Office.

The 2015 Wolverine Fire in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near Lake Chelan. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Natural Resources/Kari Greer
Western Washington faces elevated wildfire risk in 2019

Humans cause majority of fires in state

Courtesy of kingcounty.gov
King County approves bargaining agreement with 60 unions

Employees will receive wage increases and $500 bonus.

Call for peace, unity, understanding

City, county and state leaders show support of Islam community in wake of massacre at New Zealand mosques

King County bail reform hinges on pretrial decision making

Data on inmates has shown that being held pretrial affects the likelihood of conviction.

State smoking age rising to 21 in 2020

Legislature approves change

A man addresses the King County Council during a public hearing March 20 at New Life Church in Renton. He presented bags filled with what he said was hazardous materials dropped on his property by bald eagles. Another speaker made similar claims. Haley Ausbun/staff photo
Locals show support for King County waste to energy plant

Public hearing on landfill’s future was held March 20 in Renton.

Defense Distributed’s 3D printed gun, The Liberator. Photo by Vvzvlad/Wikimedia Commons
‘Ghost gun’ bill moves to Senate committees

Legislation would make 3-D printed guns illegal.

King County Council with Sarah Reyneveld, chair of the King County Women’s Advisory Board. Photo courtesy of King County
King County proclaims March as Women’s History Month

This year’s theme is Womxn Who Lead: Stories from the past and how they influence the future.