SEATTLE—Rain has been falling for days and forecasters say it's just getting started. Around western Washington crews are dealing with mudslides and flood waters that continue to rise.
In communities like Pacific, they're watching the water closely. "Anytime that they hear the news talk about the rivers are going to rise, they're going to be flooding they get a little nervous" Mayor Rich Hildreth explained. The mayor says their concerns are "understandable" after the community was flooded two years ago.
The city has thousands of sandbags standing by and a newly installed flood-wall ready to be tested. They're using a county park as a flood area and installed a Hesco wall to hold the water in.
Pacific resident Jeff Graham still remembers when the water rolled into his front yard two years ago. "We took the truck and went out to get sandbags, which we had to make ourselves because the city wasn't prepared for it, nobody was."
Now, they have a detailed plan that includes an emergency aqua dam to plug up openings in their temporary wall. It will be a long weekend of watching and waiting for people who live near rivers and in flood-prone areas.
Around Pacific, they're hoping two years of preparation will spare them a whole lot of heartache. "The Army Corp is more aware of it, everybody's paying a little more attention to it," Graham explained.
The Army Corp of Engineers will have river spotters in the area Saturday night making sure the city's preparations are working.