Tips - During a Flood

If Indoors

  • Keep a battery-powered radio tuned to a local station. Follow all emergency instructions. For current information on flood levels and road closures, call the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management at 425-388-5088.
  • When flooding is imminent, but only if time permits:
    • Turn off all gas and water mains at the main valve.
    • If your main electrical switch is in a dry area, turn it off. If it is not, leave it on and get to safety.
  • Be prepared to evacuate. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Evacuation is much simpler and safer before flood waters become too deep for ordinary vehicles to drive through.
  • If you are caught in your building by rapidly rising water, call 911 for help. Bring your family and pets to a higher floor or to the roof. Take warm, weatherproof clothing, a flashlight, a portable radio, and a cellular phone.

If Outdoors

  • Stay out of flooded areas.
  • Climb to higher ground and stay there until the flood waters recede or until you are rescued.

If Driving

  • Do not drive where water is over the road. Flooded roads may obscure high hazard situations such as washouts. Do not drive past barricades.
  • If you come to a flooded area, turn around immediately and go another way.
  • If your car stalls in a flooded area, abandon it as soon as possible. Walk to higher ground in the direction you came from.
  • Keep your radio tuned to a local station and listen for flood updates and road closures.
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes. Back roads and shortcuts may be blocked by flood waters. Most deaths from floods occur when people drive on flooded roads.


Helpful Numbers

24-Hour Flood Warning InformationSkykomish, Snoqualmie, Snohomish and Pilchuck Rivers: 425-388-3653
Stillaguamish River: 425-388-3702
Road Conditions and Closures
Snohomish County Road Maintenance: 425-388-7500 or 800-562-4367, ext. 7500
Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management (DEM): 425-388-5088
Requests for Assistance (Non-emergencies)
Snohomish County DEM: 425-388-5088
Volunteer for a Sandbagging Crew
Snohomish County DEM: 425-388-5088