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Columbia County
341 E. Main St.
Dayton, WA 99328

Floodplain & Flooding
Updates & Notifications

Re-Entering Your Home
  • Return home only when local officials say it is safe to do so.
  • Before entering, check for structural damage. Contact the Planning & Building Department at 509-382-4676 for a safety assessment.
  • Turn off any outside gas lines at the meter or tank and let the house air. Do not strike a match as there may have been a gas leak. 
  • Be careful about turning on the power again. Watch for electrical shorts and live wires. Do not use water-damaged appliances.
  • Document your flood losses and contact your insurance agent for flood loss claims.
  • Dry your house slowly. Carpets and drywall may have to be removed. Water may be trapped between walls and will not dry.
  • Building permits are required but fees may be waived during a flood emergency.
  • Document damage and start clean-up. Learn more HERE.
  • Start a claim. Immediately report your claim to your insurance agent or carrier.  Learn more HERE.


Columbia County

Dena Martin, Planning Manager

Clint Atteberry, Building Official

Columbia County Planning and Building, 114 S. 2nd St., Dayton, WA  99328


City of Dayton

Meagan Bailey, Certified Floodplain Manager

Director, Planning & Community Development

Dayton City Hall, 111 S. 1st St., Dayton, WA 99328


City of Waitsburg

Randy Hinchliffe, City Administrator

Brittany Zuger, Administrative Assistant

Waitsburg City Hall, 147 Main Street, Waitsburg, WA  99361


Town of Starbuck

Jan Ells, City Administrator

Starbuck Town Hall, Starbuck, WA  99359


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