City of Aberdeen warns of flood risk

  • Mon Jan 11th, 2021 3:30pm
  • News

Aberdeen City Engineer Kris Koski released a notice Monday morning, warning about flooding this week, which was backed up by the National Weather Service:

There will be an elevated risk of flooding in Aberdeen on Tuesday. The NWS’ predicted high tide at Aberdeen n on Tuesday is 11.75 feet (MLLW datum) at 11:58 a.m. The National Weather Service is forecasting that the actual tide may be 0.5 foot to 1.0 foot higher than NOAA’s predictions due to coastal storm surge. Heavy rainfall began Monday morning and will continue through Tuesday.

The combination of a very high tide and rainfall can result in lowland area flooding, especially within two to three hours before and after the high tide. All of the City’s stormwater pump stations are operational and Public Works crews are ready to respond to flooding if it occurs.

The NWS also stated that surf is expected at the coast Tuesday with dangerous beach conditions. There is also a good potential for gusty winds Tuesday night into Wednesday

What you can do:

• Stay tuned to news and weather alerts, and be prepared for changing conditions. Check the National Weather Service’s website at www.weather.gov/sew.

• A sandbag station has been set up at the City’s shop at 1201 W Heron Street. Sand and bags are available at no charge. Plan on filling your own bags as pre-made bags may not be available.

• Move valuables or lift them up out of areas that flood.

• Stay out of floodwaters and flooded areas if possible.

• Keep drains clear by using a rake or other hand tool to clear debris. This will help floodwaters to drain out of the area after the tide has ebbed. (Do not use hands, feet, or other body parts to clear debris.)

• The City strongly advises against driving through floodwater, but if you do, DRIVE VERY SLOWLY (5 MPH MAX) as wakes from vehicles swamp adjacent homes and businesses causing needless damage. Please be courteous by finding an alternate route or waiting for floodwaters to recede than causing undue harm to property from vehicle wakes.