The River and Flood Division of Public Works provides a variety
of services to the Whatcom County area. Follow the links at left
for more detailed information on the following programs:
Early Flood Warning
River and Flood Staff works with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to maintain a network
of early flood warning stations to help citizens prepare and
take appropriate measures to protect lives and property from
flood damages. We provide links to general weather
and forecasting data.
Flood Hazard Reduction Program
Under this program, River and Flood implements projects to reduce future flood damages
and public expenditures to repair damaged areas. Examples
construction of setback levees and overflow spillways, and
designation of overflow corridors in overbank areas. Two alluvial fan studies have been completed for
Creek and Canyon
Creek. For Jones Creek, review of potential mitigation measures and concept design of a preferred approach has also been completed.
Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Planning
We work to identify flooding problems and provide recommendations
for achieving long-term flood hazard reduction strategies. The Lower Nooksack River Comprehesive Flood Hazard Management Plan was adopted in 1999. Implementation of the plan is ongoing and copies of the reports generated in support of plan implementation can be found below:
Preliminary Sediment Budget
Preparedness and Response
River and Flood Division works closely
with the County's Division of Emergency
Management (DEM) to plan for and implement a coordinated
response during flood events to ensure public safety and minimize
flood damages. What
to do during a flood - the Whatcom County
Flood Preparedness newsletter.
National Flood Insurance Program
Whatcom County participates in the Congress-initiated National
Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) of 1968, to make affordable
insurance available to citizens of communities that adopt
approved flood management regulations. New FEMA
flood maps on-line.
Repair and Maintenance Program
The Flood Control Repair and Maintenance Program addresses problem
areas with rivers, streams, and coastlines of Whatcom County,
and mitigates future flood damages in a proactive and cost-effective
Our engineers and engineering technicians provide technical assistance
regarding drainage and flood issues to private citizens and businesses
located along the many water bodies within Whatcom County.