We have a classic Pineapple express aimed right at us. We can expect 3 to 4 inches of rain in the lowlands and up to 9 inches in the mountain passes by Wednesday.
This is the perfect scenario for flooding in the lowlands. Currently, this does not look like a major flood event like we used to get in the 90’s. Our normal roads that flood will have water over them, such as Millpond Road, Meadowbrook/Reinig Rd at the trestle, and SE Northern St, to name a few.
The rivers will start to rise rapidly tonight and should crest Tuesday afternoon into the evening. Be prepared and watch the river and streams if you live close to any of them.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Flood Watch for the Pacific Northwest on November 30th, predicting an active weather pattern until December 6. This pattern, involving a series of frontal systems, is expected to bring excessive rainfall, potentially causing river flooding and isolated residential and urban flooding. The NWS advises the public to stay informed by visiting www.weather.gov/.
In preparation, the City of North Bend’s Public Works Facility provides sand and sandbags for residents concerned about localized street flooding.
Available during business hours, residents can access these materials at:
- Monday to Thursday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The facility is located at 920 SE Cedar Falls Way, where residents will find sand and bags in a covered area. Residents must fill the bags themselves and bring their own shovels. These materials are offered free of charge.
For further inquiries, residents can contact Emergency Management Coordinator Erin Mitchell at (425) 466-2991 or email the Emergency Operations team at EM@northbendwa.gov.
The City encourages registration for ALERT King County, a system providing emergency notifications via phone, text, and email. This service keeps citizens informed about significant local events like flooding. More information is available at www.kingcounty.gov/depts/emergency-management/preparedness.
The City of North Bend also advises residents to check catch basins near their properties to prevent street flooding. The City collaborates with King County’s Flood Control District and is a Sandbag Center year-round. More details about this collaboration can be found on King County’s Sandbag Distribution website.