Be Prepared: Take Winter by Storm

Did you know that during intense rain, flooding may occur without warning? Here are a few steps you can take to keep your family and property safe.

Clear leaves and debris away from street drains in your neighborhood with a rake or broom (only if it’s safe). Don’t put grass clippings, leaves, or other debris into drains, ditches, creeks, culverts, gutters or ravines. If a storm drain appears blocked below the street surface, call 206-386-1800.

Collect fallen leaves and deposit them in your food and yard waste container or compost them.

Clean gutters and downspouts twice a year.

Have a family disaster plan.

Build a family emergency kit. Keep enough water, food and other supplies (flashlights, crank or battery-operated radio, blankets) in your home to meet your needs for at least three days.

Stay out of flooding basements.

Protect water pipes from freezing in exposed or unheated areas (attics, basements and garages) by wrapping with tape and insulating materials.

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