KING COUNTY—Do we have enough body bags? That's just one of the tough questions the King County Council is asking in preparation for what could be massive flooding this winter.
The council met with state emergency managers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Wednesday to talk about possible flooding along the Green River this winter.
Emergency planners say the weakened Howard Hanson Dam could lead to valley floods that have the potential to reach Hurricane Katrina levels. "I want to know what we have supplied in the way of body bags and what people would do if somebody gets killed?" asked King County Council Member Kathy Lambert. "Do we have a supply of body bags so that families will be able to deal with that?"
The answer to that question, no--and that concerned Lambert who fears catastrophic flooding could leave families to deal with bodies for weeks.
Council members are trying to work out the details. They say one of their big priorities is to figure out who is responsible for what before any flooding happens. they don't want any of the "finger pointing" between agencies that happened during Hurricane Katrina.
As for what you can do, Federal Emergency managers say get prepared.
Green River flooding could affect 22-thousand people. Those people need to make an emergency plan and get flood insurance now.
The insurance doesn't take effect until a month after you buy it.