Learn about disaster risks and ways to prepare March 4

February 23, 2010

By Staff

King County Flood Control District officials will outline ways to reduce risks for people who live in or near floodplains during a March 4 meeting in Issaquah.The meeting will be held in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, from 6-8 p.m. Learn more about the plan to identify risks, like earthquakes, and offer solutions to reduce risks.

The meeting will include a presentation of data and maps regarding floods, dam failures, earthquakes, liquefactions, landslides, lahar — or volcanic mudflows — and wildfire hazards, as well as the risks the hazards pose to facilities managed by the district.

Attendees will be able to review the data and speak with district representatives about risks.

District officials said assessing how hazards can impact communities is part of the planning process.

District data models indicate a 100-year flood along Issaquah Creek could displace more than 1,000 people; the evacuees would then need to be sheltered in the short term. The economic toll of such a flood could top $41 million. A 100-year flood has a 1 percent chance of occurring in a given year.

The plan aims to mitigate the impacts of disasters through prevention, property protection, emergency services and structural projects to keep flood waters at bay.

The district is scheduled to release a draft hazard mitigation plan for public comment March 15. The plan will be available online.

The district will accept comments on the plan until March 31. Send comments to Priscilla Kaufmann at the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks via e-mail to priscilla.kaufmann@kingcounty.gov, or to 201 S. Jackson St., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98104.

Officials will consider the comments as they prepare another draft. The district expects to adopt the plan in June.

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