Sophia Hitsky Fay Lim
Communications Specialist Communications Supervisor
Guide distributed to county residents in 100-year floodplains
EVERETT, Wash., December 6th, 2021 – With the rainy season underway, the Snohomish County Surface Water Management (SWM) division has mailed more than 7,600 copies of its “Flood Safety in Snohomish County” pamphlet to residents who live in or near 100-year floodplains. The flood safety guide is also available in public information kiosks in county administration buildings as well as online. For additional resources, visit SWM’s Flood Information Center and review the press release found here.
Floods in Snohomish County usually occur between November and February, following periods of heavy rain. The 16-page flood safety guide provides up-to-date resources and information on how to evaluate and reduce your property’s flood risk, as well as prepare, cope, and recover from floods. The guide also includes a list of emergency contacts for easy reference.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center – a division of NOAA’s National Weather Service – issued a “La Niña Advisory” for winter 2021-2022. The formation of a La Niña weather pattern typically means that the late fall and early winter will be wetter and cooler than normal in the Pacific Northwest. Snohomish County residents should prepare for the potential impacts of heavy rain using the resources provided above.
The Snohomish County Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) includes the Division of Surface Water Management; the Division of Parks, Recreation and Tourism; the Office of Energy and Sustainability and the Office of Agriculture. DCNR works in support of thriving communities; a clean and healthy environment to foster environmental stewardship; ensuring food security; supporting a green economy, and strengthening communities by providing regional parks and infrastructure; protecting the region's water, air, land and natural habitats; enhancing agriculture and recreation; and reducing flooding. https://snohomishcountywa.gov/5758.