After the Flood–Now What?

Recent posts on Sweet Digs Seattle:

This week, Jay Inslee, my congressman, sent me an e-mail. He wasn’t asking for a campaign contribution, or sending one of those bland e-newsletters you start getting whenever you e-mail a congressman. He (or his office, more accurately) was sending information on who to call for help if our home was flooded.

Here are some links from the e-mail on flood (and other disaster) resources that may prove helpful. Bookmark them, just in case you ever need them.

For up-to-date local information regarding the situation in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, please visit the Regional Public Information Network website. For Kitsap County news and information, please visit the Official Kitsap County Website. And for statewide resources, please visit the Official State Government Website.

We were lucky that our home was not affected by this week’s flooding. Many others were not so lucky. From the Seattle Times:

With the floodwaters finally receding, [Centralia flood survivor Norm] Leach and dozens of his neighbors spent Thursday mucking out their homes, tallying their losses and venting their frustrations.

“I called FEMA twice and they said they can’t do anything,” Leach said. “But, hell, think about Katrina — it took them three weeks to get down there.”

The flood reminded me of last year’s tragedy in Madison Valley, when Kate Fleming died in her basement in a flash flood. As the Madison Park Times reports:

Last December, during a massive rain and wind storm, a torrential blast of water filled the basement of [Charlene] Strong and [Kate] Fleming’s Madison Valley home. Just moments before, Fleming had fled downstairs to rescue the very tools which kept her so sharp and prominent in the world of audio production. The award-winning audio book narrator and producer ventured into her windowless basement—the heart of her company, Cedar House Audio—where her life was taken by the city’s most violent storm in almost 15 years.

Visit the Madison Park Times to read the full story, and visit to see a trailer on the documentary being produced on Strong and Fleming’s story.

Protect Yourself and Your Family has helpful information on how to protect yourself from flood-related injury and loss of life. The American Red Cross lists steps to take before, during, and after a flood. Many of this week’s flood victims did not have flood insurance. For information on flood insurance, visit

Did your home suffer damage in the flood? Have you ever experienced a flood here in the Pacific Northwest, or elsewhere? Who helped you? Was it easy to find help?