Engineers are preparing for major flooding this year in western Washington. The National Weather Service warns that rain and lowland snow from La Niña could contribute to flooding, especially on the lower White River in South King County.
Mike Warner is a meteorologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which controls the outflow of dams like the White River's Mud Mountain Dam. He says that while the probability for flooding may be higher, engineers are prepared to mitigate damage downstream just like any year.
"It's this sort of delicate balance between storing too much water in the reservoir versus letting too much out of the reservoir," Warner said. "So we want to try to reduce those impacts. We want to prevent loss of life and we want to minimize property damage. But we can't reduce that flood risk to zero."