King County offers new free flood app

November 5, 2013

King County has released a new King County Flood Warning app, to help safeguard people and their property by providing real-time flooding information for the Skykomish, Snoqualmie, Tolt, Raging, Cedar, Green and White rivers, and Issaquah Creek.

The first app to be developed and released by King County, the Flood Warning app provides the most-recent critical flood data from U.S. Geological Survey and National Weather Service – Northwest River Forecast Center.

Users can see current river flows, flood stage data and forecasts, plus real-time flood phases, while hydrographs make it easy to see several days of river data and forecasts.

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County hosts flood hazard management plan meeting

June 18, 2013

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Water and Land Resources Division, on behalf of the King County Flood Control District, is updating the flood management plan, which guides management of regionally significant river and stream flooding to:

  • Reduce risks from flood and channel migration hazards.
  • Avoid or minimize the environmental impacts of flood hazard management.
  • Reduce the long-term costs of flood hazard management.

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King County Flood Control District preserves dollars for salmon projects

June 19, 2012

Issaquah salmon-restoration projects could garner grant dollars after all, even though a lawsuit threatened to cut off funds for conservation projects countywide.

King County Flood Control District leaders decided to fund salmon-recovery projects after the King Conservation District stopped doling out grants amid a legal challenge.

Flood Control District officials approved $3 million May 14 for projects to improve water quality, protect and restore habitat, and support salmon recovery efforts. King County Council members sit as the executive board for the Flood Control District.

The decision is meant to plug a gap left after the King Conservation District halted a separate process to issue salmon-recovery grants. Read more

County leaders ask lawmakers to preserve roads, services

January 31, 2012

In a broad agenda for the ongoing legislative session, King County leaders pledged to work alongside state lawmakers to preserve funding for human services, preserve roads and consolidate some local government operations.

The plan comes from the King County Council as legislators in Olympia must close a $1.5 billion budget gap. Local leaders raised concerns about cuts to services and transportation — perpetual concerns as lawmakers trimmed spending in recent years.

“A growing number of county residents are now accessing services and agencies that are facing devastating cuts in Olympia,” council Chairman Larry Gossett said in a statement. “This will be one of the most difficult legislative sessions ever, so it is vital that King County speak in a clear voice about our priorities regarding human services and transportation.”

County leaders develop a state legislative agenda to decide on the positions most important to bring to the attention of the Legislature. The plan combines input from council members and County Executive Dow Constantine.

The council adopted a legislative agenda Jan. 17. Legislators gathered in Olympia for the 60-day session Jan. 9.

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King County leaders ask lawmakers to preserve roads, services

January 30, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 30, 2012

In a broad agenda for the ongoing legislative session, King County leaders pledged to work alongside state lawmakers to preserve funding for human services, preserve roads and consolidate some local government operations.

The plan comes from the King County Council as legislators in Olympia must close a $1.5 billion budget gap. Local leaders raised concerns about cuts to services and transportation — perpetual concerns as lawmakers trimmed spending in recent years.

“A growing number of county residents are now accessing services and agencies that are facing devastating cuts in Olympia,” council Chairman Larry Gossett said in a statement. “This will be one of the most difficult legislative sessions ever, so it is vital that King County speak in a clear voice about our priorities regarding human services and transportation.”

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State shores up King County Flood Control District funding

May 10, 2011

King County leaders praised state legislators and Gov. Chris Gregoire last week for supporting a measure to shore up funding for the King County Flood Control District, the agency responsible for flood-protection policies, programs and projects.

Gregoire signed a measure May 5 to protect funding for the district. The bill exempts the district from the statewide property rate tax cap by protecting up to 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The exemption is in effect from next year until 2017.

Until the governor signed the measure, the district faced a steep drop-off in funding due to the decline in housing values and a state cap on property tax rates.

“We worked together as a region to preserve this important tool that will protect people and businesses throughout King County from floods,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “I am pleased to see the overwhelming support in the state Legislature for this bill, and I thank Gov. Gregoire for signing it today.”

The district collects 11 cents per $1,000 in assessed value and uses the dollars to fund flood-control efforts.

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State shores up funding for King County Flood Control District

May 6, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. May 6, 2011

King County leaders praised state legislators and Gov. Chris Gregoire for supporting a measure to shore up funding for the King County Flood Control District, the agency responsible for flood-protection policies, programs and projects.

Gregoire signed a measure Thursday to protect funding for the district. The bill exempts the district from the statewide property rate tax cap by protecting up to 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The exemption is in effect from next year until 2017.

Until the governor signed the measure, the district faced a steep drop-off in funding due to the decline in housing values and a state cap on property tax rates.

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King County urges legislators to protect funds for social safety net

January 5, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 5, 2011

King County Council members called on state lawmakers to maintain a basic social safety net and to secure a stable funding source for public transportation in the upcoming legislative session. County leaders also seek relief from a state tax ceiling, because the threshold could impact dollars for flood control.

The issues top the legislative agenda adopted by the council Monday.

“This is an ambitious agenda that acknowledges the budget realities facing both King County and the state,” council Chairman Larry Gossett said in a statement. “We realize that because of the state deficit, all state funding is on the chopping block. Our goal with this agenda is to work with the Legislature on revenue ideas that don’t depend on additional resources from Olympia.”

State legislators convene at the Capitol on Jan. 10 for the 105-day session. The state faces a $4.6 billion hole in the 2011-13 budget.

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King County highlights flooding alert program

November 2, 2010

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.”

County offers deluge of information to stay safe during floods

October 13, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Oct. 13, 2010

Before seasonal rain starts to soak the region, leaders joined together to remind King County residents of the potential for floods, and to mark Flood Awareness Month.

The county established a system 40 years ago to alert floodplain residents to danger.

“It is a credit to our leaders a half a century ago to understand the need, particularly in light of the increased demand to develop land for neighborhoods and business areas, for the county’s first flood warning system,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release.

Leaders reminded residents in flood-prone areas to take steps to prepare for nasty winter weather and to sign up for automated flood alerts.

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