If you live in Washougal and live on a waterfront....or if you live on the banks of the Washougal River, you may wonder if your property will experience a flood? (There are a couple different descriptions of waterfront: creek, pond, pool or river.) In this blog, I'm speaking specifically about the Washougal River. It does get very high sometimes. Where we live on the river, we have "markers" where we look out across the river and can tell from the height of the river whether it is coming up to flood.
In the past, (only once in the 15 years that we have lived here) we have helped some of our neighbors along the river "sandbag" their property. The Washougal Fire station generously provided a big pile of sand and some bags to put it in for your property. We did not live on the river in 1996 when there was a BIG flood that flooded downtown Portland, Oregon. Some of the homes along here got flooded. Some of the homes have "flood gates" built under their house. That would mean that the river water would flow right under the home through a built-in "gate" like a concrete window....and out the other side. Thankfully, I've only seen that happen once in 15 years.
When you see the weather reports showing surrounding areas such as Portland, Seattle, etc. experiencing flood stages...that doesn't always mean the Washougal will flood. Sometimes the water just gets high. A few times it gets to what I call "Raging Stage" where the water is running tannish-brownish color. This water color is caused by the river pulling dirt from the banks upriver and rushing it downstream. (Usually in January, the Washougal River runs "tropical blues and greens" and you can see straight to the bottom. Very lovely.)
Waterfront homes are required to have flood insurance if they have a mortgage. Flood insurance requires a "elevation certificate" where it has been determined the home is at least one foot above the "100 year Flood Stage." FEMA has requirements and specifications designed for homes that could possibly be in the flood areas.
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