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October 12, 2020

Skagit County Commissioners declare October 12-16, 2020 as Flood Awareness Week 

Today, the Skagit County Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring this week, October 12-16, 2020, Flood Awareness Week.

Each year, Skagit County and its partners dedicate a week to educate the community about flood risks in Skagit’s watersheds and prepare for the upcoming flood season. The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management, the Public Works Natural Resources Division, the Skagit County Dike and Drainage Districts and their partners hold several education events and work sessions throughout the week. This year, most events will be held virtually to comply with the Governor’s orders on gathering during COVID-19. Sector field reviews and trainings will take place in person in small groups, using proper social distancing and protective equipment.

“We are blessed in Skagit County to have abundant water resources with the Skagit, Samish, Sauk and Cascade rivers all running through the County,” said Public Works Director Dan Berentson, “but living within these watersheds means residents need to be prepared for when flooding inevitably occurs. Flood Awareness Week helps the County, its partners and the community to prepare for flood season each year.”

Chair of the Board Commissioner Ron Wesen said, “Historically, flooding has been the most prevalent type of natural disaster to effect Skagit County. It is important that we set aside time each year for education and planning.”

The last major flood event in Skagit County was in 2015. Residents should also be aware that many roads will be inaccessible during a major flood event. For information on road conditions and to help you plan alternate routes during storm events, visit Skagit County’s road closures page.

The Flood Awareness Week informational insert is available here.

If you have questions or need additional information, contact Skagit County Public Works at 360-416-1400.