Costal flooding impacted a number of neighborhoods within Kitsap County in the final days of 2022 due to a combination of predicted “king tides” and unanticipated record level low atmospheric pressure. We will experience king tides again in late November and late December again this year. Kitsap County experienced a very different kind of flooding in December, 2007. A record level of rain over a 24-hour period. This caused normally quiet streams to have the impact of raging rivers ressulting in damage to roads, bridges and properties.
While the maximum height of the tides and excessive rain is beyond human control, property owners can take steps to prepare for the impact of flooding. The first step is to know your flood hazard. If you are in a FEMA designated flood plain, you have the opportunity to purchase flood insurance. Standard homeowners insurance does not cover loss caused by flooding. Next, take steps to protect yourself, your family, pets/livestock and your property. We cover the details on how to prepare for flooding on our dedicated Flooding page. Personal safety measures are paramount in a flood. Remember not to walk, wade or drive through flooded areas. Tragically, lives are lost each year when people ignore this important protective action. We may not be tested with significant flooding this winter, but we can be prepared just in case we are.