Today marks the first flood watch issued for the Puyallup River in Pierce County this fall season. Heavy rains are expected to fall throughout the week and sections of the river are expected to rise. Some streets could potentially flood as water flows into storm drains clogged with leaves.
Puyallup help its residents prepare for flooding through information on the city website. The links help you track local water levels and stay prepared in case winter weather comes your way. Pierce County also tracks local river levels across the region.
Here are some tips to stay safe in a flood, from the City of Puyallup website:
- Go to www.floodsmart.gov to check your property's flood hazard rating.
- Contact your insurance agent to find out what coverage you have or may need.
- Develop a family emergency plan (include family pets) and practice your family emergency evacuation routes.
- Help prevent localized flooding by clearing debris from gutters, downspouts and storm drains.
- Anchor any fuel tanks to prevent them from being torn free by floodwaters. Unanchored fuel tanks can cause contamination on your property and possibly add to community contamination.
- If your furnace, water heater, washer and dryer are in the basement or flood prone area, place them on masonry blocks or concrete at least 12-inches above the projected flood elevation.
You can track the Puyallup and White River’s water levels on the National Weather Service Page:
Pierce County Flood Plan:
This page, on the county website, tracks water levels within the county and details plans for flood hazard management and procedures on the county level.
This interactive map shows flood forecasts in county rivers and allows you to monitor the White, Puyallup, Green and Nisqually rivers from your computer.
The Pierce County Emergency Management website is activated during emergencies. County residents can get flood and emergency alerts by phone, cell phone call or text, email or by TTY/TTD for the audio-impaired.
To report flooded roadways in unincorporated Pierce County, call (253) 798-6000.
You can check road conditions in your area by visiting http://blog.piercecountywa.org/emergency. Click on Emergency Map in the right margin.
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