Kirkland’s drainage system – composed of creeks, lakes, wetlands, detention structures, pipes and ditches – has been designed to hold and carry water during storms to prevent flooding. However, heavy storms may exceed the system’s capacity and some flooding may occur. Flooding can cause stream bank erosion, destroy aquatic habitat and cause property damage.
Below are programs and information that can help you prepare for, even prevent, flooding.
- Adopt a Storm Drain - Adopt a storm drain and protect your neighborhood from flooding by keeping your drain clear of leaves.
- Clear debris and leaves from roof gutters and downspouts.
- Test your sump pump to make sure it will be in good working order during a storm. Consider installing a pump with a battery backup for power outages.
- Do not dump trash, yard waste, large rocks or other debris into creeks or drainage ditches, which can block the flow of water. Report dumping to the Public Works Department at 425-587-3900.
- Flood Preparedness - Information on Kirkland’s disaster preparedness web page regarding what you can do to protect yourself and your property from flooding.
- Take Winter by Storm – Winter weather preparedness tips and resources for Western Washington.
- National Flood Insurance Program – Information about the National Flood Insurance Program, flooding, preparedness and recovery from a flood.
To report flooding emergencies or urgent matters, please call 425-587-3900 (24 hours, 7 days per week).