Washington Residents Should Brace For Flash Flooding

Matt Lillywhite

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Heavy rain is expected to cause flash flooding in several regions of Washington State, according to the National Weather Service. "Parts of the Olympics and Northern Cascades can expect to receive several more inches of rainfall through tonight. The associated rain will create localized areas of flash flooding, affecting places that experience rapid runoff with heavy rain. On-and-off periods of rain showers are to continue across the region through Tuesday."

Flood warnings and advisories have already been issued for several regions of the Seattle metropolitan area due to excessive rainfall. Therefore, residents in flood-prone areas should monitor the weather forecast and be prepared to take action if flooding occurs.

As you can see from the precipitation forecasts below, Washington State is expected to receive a lot of rain over the next few days:

Since the National Weather Service has issued flood warnings, residents of Washington State should become acquainted with safety protocols and procedures. Make a plan for your entire home, including your pets, so you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what you'll need to protect yourself from floods.

Evacuation routes and shelter arrangements should be learned by all members of your household (including children). So, if anyone gets separated, they'll know what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency.

FEMA (a government agency) recommends building an emergency supply kit that will last several days. It should include non-perishable food, cleaning materials, and water, in case you must leave your home. It's also a good idea to put your passport, vaccine card, and other important documentation in a waterproof container.

Listen to instructions from your local authorities and prepare to evacuate if requested. Do not walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters. Although the water might look shallow, it could contain hazardous objects that can injure you. If you need medical assistance, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

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