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Flooding is one of the most common hazards in the United States, and can be caused by a wide variety of hazards. In Kirkland, flooding is most likely to occur due to heavy rainfall or other events that overwhelm the City's drainage system. There are steps to take to reduce damage from and even prevent flooding.

To report flooding emergencies, call Public Works at (425) 587-3900 (24 hours, 7 days per week).

Before a Flood

Photo of Storm Drain Leaves

  • Help prevent flooding in your neighborhood.
  • Clear debris and leaves from roof gutters and downspouts.
  • Test your sump pump to make sure it is in good working order before a storm. Consider installing a pump with battery backup in case of power outages.
  • Do not dump trash, yard waste, rocks, or other debris into creeks or ditches, which can block water flow. Report dumping to Public Works at (425) 587-3900.
  • Consider storing sandbags if you have had past flooding. Do not store sandbags with sand inside them, this can wear them out and make them less effective.
  • If your property is at risk of flooding and it is safe to do so, move items in basements and garages to higher ground or raise them off the floor on pallets.
  • Consider purchasing or renewing a flood insurance policy. Homeowner's policies do not cover flooding. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program
  • Sign up for King County flood warnings and alerts.

During a Flood

  • Turn around, don't drown! Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. It only takes a few inches of water to move vehicles, and water may have weakened the ground underneath the road, even if the street looks solid. Never drive around barricades.
  • Never not play in, touch, or drink flood water. Do not allow children or animals to do so. Floodwater can be contaminated or contain dangerous debris. 

After a Flood

  • Return home when it is safe to do so and floodwater has receded. 
  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution in flooded buildings. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to the building.
  • Flood water can erode roads or walkways. Be careful when driving or walking in areas that have flooded.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them by calling 9-1-1.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and clean water if you have come into contact with flood waters.
  • Throw away any food that came into contact with flood water.


Storm & Surface Water
The Stormwater Division of Kirkland Public Works addresses both water quality (pollutants) and water quantity (flood control) problems.

King County Flood Alerts
See current river flood information and sign up for flooding alerts.

King County Floodplain Maps
See 100-year floodplain maps for King County. Areas in a 100-year floodplain have a 1% chance of flooding in any given year.

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
Flood damage is rarely covered under your homeowners or renters insurance policy. Get coverage under the NFIP.

King County Sandbag Program
King County provides sandbag materials to the public free of charge.

King County Metro Transit Flood Service Information
Snow, ice, and flood alerts from King County Metro, including current route delays and changes.

Fire Services
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3650 | F. 425.587.3671