Today marks the first flood watch issued for the Puyallup River in Pierce County this fall season. Heavy rains are expected to fall throughout the week and sections of the river are expected to rise. Some streets could potentially flood as water flows into storm drains clogged with leaves.
Sumner help its residents prepare for flooding through information on the city websites. The links help you track local water levels and stay prepared in case winter weather comes your way. Pierce County also tracks local river levels across the region.
Stay dry with these links:
City of Sumner Flood Protection:
Not sure if you live in Sumner's flood area? We've attached the city's flood map to this article.
All are welcome to sign up for Sumner’s Flood Protection E-newsletter, which notifies residents via email when there are flood updates within the city.
The website has a Q&A section that breaks down various issues within Sumner, including where Sumner could flood, the difference between the Green, Puyallup and White Rivers, how sandbags work and what will happen to the treatment plant if it floods.
Here's a link to the US Army Corps of Engineers website, where you can learn about four potential flooding scenarios, based on flows in the Green River as measured in Auburn.
Sumner also has a Safety Sally webpage with information from The Red Cross on how to keep your family safe during flood times. Tips include learning the safest route to higher ground and store valuables higher in the home.
If you’re interested in learning more about the government bodies behind Pierce County’s Flood Control District, or what’s being done at the city level to protect Sumner from a flood, you can visit this page on the city of Sumner website.
Bonney Lake Emergency Prepardeness
Just because Bonney Lake sits on a hill doesn't mean the city isn't preparing for a flood or other weather emergency.
Visit Bonney Lake's emergency preparedness web page for flood updates, hazardous driving conditions as well as how to report downed electrical lines or loss of power.
The second link featured on Bonney Lake's emergency preparedness page features Winter Weather Driving Info and Tips from the Public Works Department - it includes tips for drivers, snow and ice procedures, maps and plow routes.
Sumner School District
Visit the SSD Emergency Preparedness web link for more information on the district's plans and lines of communication for school closures in case of natural emergencies. You can also call the district's emergency hotline at 253-891-6001 for updates. Make sure to sign up for email alerts from your child's school for immediate contact regarding school closures, emergencies and more.
You can track the Puyallup and White River’s water levels on the National Weather Service Page:
Pierce County Flood Plan:
This page, on the county website, tracks water levels within the county and details plans for flood hazard management and procedures on the county level.
This interactive map shows flood forecasts in county rivers and allows you to monitor the White, Puyallup, Green and Nisqually rivers from your computer.
The Pierce County Emergency Management website is activated during emergencies. County residents can get flood and emergency alerts by phone, cell phone call or text, email or by TTY/TTD for the audio-impaired.
To report flooded roadways in unincorporated Pierce County, call (253) 798-6000.
You can check road conditions in your area by visiting http://blog.piercecountywa.org/emergency. Click on Emergency Map in the right margin.
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