Flooding in Western Washington — Driver Safety Tips

Western Washington is experiencing flood conditions in several counties. Rising rivers calls for evacuations of homes and closure of roads throughout the Puget Sound Region and has prompted government officials to declare emergency status in some counties.

In King County, flood conditions were reported on the Tolt and Snoqualmie Rivers. In Sumner, the Puyallup River should be cresting some time today. In Thurston County, the Nisqually River should crest sometime tomorrow. In Pierce County, residents were evacuated near the Carbon River. Mount Rainier National Park has closed because of heavy flooding.

Flooding and landslides have caused many roads to be closed throughout the Puget Sound regions.

Often during flood conditions, motorists get stuck on roads that are submerged or are deluded because of flash flooding. The following Driver Safety Tips provide information to drivers regarding driving during flood warnings.

Driver Flood Safety Tips from FEMA:

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  • Do not drive through flooded areas.
  • Do not drive on roads covered with water. Even if the water looks shallow, your car may stall.
  • Even six inches of water on the road could cause a driver to lose control or a car to stall.
  • One foot of water can float many vehicles.
  • One foot of water depth can displace 1500 lbs.
  • Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles including SUVs and pick-up trucks.
  • Beware of roads where flood waters have receded. The road bed may be undermined and the road could collapse under a vehicle’s weight.
  • The majority of deaths during flash floods is to motorists who drive through flooded areas.

Driver Resources:

National Weather Service Forecast Office in Seattle Washington:


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service Watches and Advisories for Washington State:


Washington State Department of Transportation information on which roads flood warnings are issued:


FEMA Flood Information:


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