King County highlights flooding alert program

November 2, 2010

By Staff

King County launched the countywide Flood Warning Program in 1960. In the decades since, the program has provided automated flood alerts and river level information to residents. The system operates continuously during a flood. Flood Warning Program employees also monitor river levels on site during flood events.

King County Council members highlighted the program Nov. 1 for a half-century of protecting residents during floods.

The program is part of the county Flood Control District. Staffers from the county Water and Land Resources Division run the program.

“New technology has improved the speed and accuracy of receiving and distributing flooding data, and demonstrates the value of maintaining this system,” County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the Issaquah-area representative, said in a statement. “This information system allows citizens, businesses and public agencies to make critical safety and economic decisions, such as sand-bagging or evacuation, during flood events.”

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