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What to do during heavy rainfall in the Seattle area

Here’s how to spot an oncoming landslide and what to do if you notice flooding.

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The Snohomish River is one of the 16 in Western Washington that is experiencing flooding. (Picture circa 2006)

Photo by Walter Siegmund

We hope you’re staying dry, Seattle — although we expect that that’s been pretty difficult with this massive atmospheric river (or Pineapple Express) flowing through our skies.

The weather is wreaking quite a bit of havoc. Flooding has been reported or is imminent from 16 nearby rivers and landslides are occurring in the region, including one on the popular Burke-Gilman Trail.

Here are some resources for what to do in an emergency.

  • 8.4% of the city’s surface is prone to landslides — the City of Seattle has a list of common warning signs and steps to take if you notice them.
  • Seattle Public Utilities can assist with urban flooding issues and sewer back-ups.
  • Brush up on flood safety tips.
  • Sign up for local emergency alerts with AlertSeattle.
  • Check out how to protect your home from future flooding.
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