Don’t get washed away by floods

King County is preparing for the possibility that there may be serious flooding this winter.

If you live in the Green River Valley, you really, really don’t need me to tell you this because you’ve been hearing about it for a while. Still, it’s important that you don’t just tune these messages out – floods can be devastating.

King County’s Flood Preparation page has good advice for you. Flood preparation materials are available in seven other languages in addition to English and the site has a lot of useful information, including a list of sandbag distribution sites. (Note to residents of other flood-prone regions of the county – be sure to check for your jurisdiction on the list, too.)

The county also has a Flood Warning Page you can check for updated flood infomration, including real time river gage readings . You can check river levels at the automated King County Flood Information Line at 206-296-8200 or 800-945-9263. Twitter fans can sign up for alerts at twitter.com/kcalerts. And should a flood actually arise, the King County Flood Warning Center will be staffed 24 hours a day during the flood to provide information at 206-296-4535 or 800-768-7932.

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