Pictured left to right: Public Works Director William Appleton, Deputy Mayor Clyde Hill, Mayor Erin Sitterley, King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, Councilmember Peter Kwon, Civil Engineer Lauren Kirk.

The King County Flood Control District announced this week that the City of SeaTac will receive an award to design a flood reduction facility and study alternatives that would halt flooding at the end of South 180th Street.

“This grant will help the City of SeaTac alleviate localized flooding which is preventing some of our underserved populations from traveling to and from their homes and work,” said SeaTac Mayor Erin Sitterley.

“By partnering with cities and other community organizations, we can ensure local flood reduction efforts are successful and compliment the regional work of the King County Flood Control District,” said Flood Control District Vice Chair Dave Upthegrove.

Now in its sixth year, the Flood Reduction Grant program provides funding for municipalities, tribes, school districts, and homeowner associations to address flooding risks not caused by the major rivers of King County. This award is part of more than $3.6 million in grants approved by the Flood Control District in 2019.

“With this grant, the City will move forward with a proposed project to design, permit, and install, a drainage collection and conveyance system that will eliminate flooding at the end of South 180th Street,” said Public Works Director William Appleton. “In addition, the installed catch basins will include storm drain markings to increase awareness of stormwater pollution and improve source control outreach efforts.”

The project is being overseen by Public Works Engineer Lauren Kirk and will be completed by 2021.

Below are photos showing some areas prone to flooding in SeaTac: