Flood Preparedness & Initial Response

The Whatcom County Public Works River and Flood Division works with the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management (DEM) to prepare for flood emergencies and provide a coordinated response. 

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Preparing for Floods

Evaluating Flooding Conditions

  • The Nooksack River basin is divided into sectors with assigned observers, the "eyes in the field." 
  • Observers travel throughout assigned sectors, reporting actual conditions in the field in order to coordinate effective flood responses.
  • River & Flood staff work with DEM and Maintenance and Operations staff to prioritize problem areas and evaluate possible actions.
  • Appropriate measures are taken to ensure public safety and minimize the loss of public and private property.
  • People and equipment may be mobilized to fight the flood.

Agencies Involved in Emergency Response

  • British Columbia Ministry of Environment
  • City governments
  • Fire departments within cities impacted by flooding
  • Fire departments within unincorporated Whatcom County impacted by flooding
  • Local media
  • National Weather Service
  • Police departments within cities impacted by flooding
  • Washington Department of Transportation
  • Whatcom County Public Works
  • Whatcom County Sheriff's Office
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers