Entries in Flood (1)

Howard Hanson Dam problems increase flood risk on Green River

Image Credit USACE Public Affairs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30539067@N04/3447410603Two depressions have been found on the Howard Hanson Dam that increase the risk of serious flooding along the Green River through Kent, Auburn, Tukwila, and Seattle.  Col Anthony Wright, from The Army Corps of Engineer was interviewd in this video and warned residents that "If we have a big enough storm, we will release water from the resevoir, which will exceed the capacity of that levee system".

It is important to know that there is a 30 day waiting period between the day you buy optional Flood Insurance and the day it goes into effect. If you wait to buy flood coverage until Steve Pool, Jeff Renner, or Rebecca Stevenson are talking about a Pineapple Express storm moving toward Seattle this fall it will be too late. If you live in low lying areas of Kent, Auburn, Tukwila, or Seattle near the Green or Duwamish waterways it would be prudent to look into flood insurance before fall storm systems begin.

A few quick reminders about flood insurance:

  • Almost all Homeowners policies exclude damage from surface water flooding
  • A single inch of standing water in a home can result in thousands of dollars of damage
  • There is a 30 day waiting period for Flood Insurance coverage to go into effect

Get more information on Flood Insurance, call 877-220-5505