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Community Development & Flooding

Recovery from natural disasters is a top priority for the City of Dayton - for private and public properties alike. The Department of Planning and Community Development plays a critical role in assisting community members in numerous ways. Below find some useful information and guidance to aid in the next stages as we begin recovering from the 2020 flood event.

Updates and Notifications

Facebook has proven to be a useful tool for receiving notifications, including privately managed pages and the Columbia County Emergency Management page. Columbia County also uses a notification system called CODE RED, where emergency notifications and updates are pushed out accordingly via text and/or phone call. As always, call 911 in the case of an emergency, and save the non-emergency number for use as well: (509) 382-2518.

Before the Flood

Having a plan to respond to flood events is important for every everyone. The number one priority is public safety. Consider reviewing this FEMA publication on guidance for How to Prepare for a Flood.

During the Flood

During the flood event, it is critical to heed all warnings made by local officials. This includes: not driving over water on roadways, obeying road closures, and vacating immediately if notified of an evacuation order. As stated, the primary goal is public safety. Utilize the notification systems listed above to stay updated, and avoid impeding work of emergency management and other response crews by trying to see the flood. Generally, help and volunteers will be requested during the event utilizing the notification systems above.

After the Flood

  • It is important that you re-enter your home only after local officials have informed you it is safe to do so. It is critical that you check for structural damage before entering. If you need assistance with a safety inspection, you may request one by contacting City Hall at (509) 382-2361. City staff will coordinate with the building official to schedule your inspection.
  • If you have any propane or other gas lines, disconnect them and disengage your tank. Allow the house to air out before entering. Some gases are odorless and hazardous - do not take a chance, take precaution.
  • If you have flood insurance, it is critical to contact your insurance agency as soon as possible. It is recommended to do so before re-entering your home, so they can clearly define the requirements they will have for you.
  • Once you re-enter your home, begin documenting immediately. Take note of all aspects of damage, losses, as well as photos and videos. You can begin the cleanup process after you document your losses. Additional guidance can be found here.
  • Be overly cautious when re-entering your home if your property was inundated by flood waters and electricity is still live. Request disconnection from your utility provider until initial assessments can be made to ensure safety.
  • Your house will need to be dried out. Drywall and carpet are predictable in holding moisture. It will take time and effort. Open all exterior doors and windows if conditions and weather permit so, and leave all interior doors open to promote air flow. Open kitchen cabinets, remove drawers and allow them to air dry on counters. Open the attic access (if available) to promote additional air flow. If electricity is available use fans if you have them.
  • It is important to remember that flood water is dirty and filled with contaminants. Soft surfaced materials (i.e. curtains, mattresses, clothing) should be removed and cleaned immediately, is possible. Items lost due to contamination need to be tracked and documented. The CDC offers additional information on the safety hazards associated with flood waters. Take precaution in all cases.
  • The rehabilitation process can be daunting. Any drywall, fibrous insulation, carpet and floor padding, flooded electrical receptacles, etc., affected by floodwaters have to be removed. It is recommended that you utilize plastic tarps to protect salvageable materials. FEMA has prepared a reference guide for this process.
  • Building permits are required for any work associated with rehabilitating after a flood. Permit fees may be waived (recommendation will be made by staff but is pending City Council approval). 
  • If utilities were lost during the flood, contact the utility provider for information on how to re-establish services. This can include: City Water & Sewer, electricity, etc.

Additional Guidance

Meagan Bailey, Director of Planning & Community Development and Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), is available for help. This can include guidance on permitting, information on resources, and safety inspections with the Building Official. It is important for everyone to know that rehabilitating after this flood is a top priority. Email is the easiest way to communicate in some circumstances, and if assistance is needed (weekends or evenings included) send an email and staff will contact you ASAP.

Contact Meagan Bailey, CFM

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Cell phone available upon request and need.

Additional Resources

Substantial Damage - What does it Mean?

NFIP (National Flood Insurance Policy) Guidance

After a Flood - the First Steps

Advice for Salvaging

Contact Meagan Bailey through the methods above for additional resources, printed copies of guidance materials, or any other assistance you might need as you begin rehabilitation.

2/8/20 - 8:45 pm, MB

Touchet River Levee Path Closed

Effective immediately, the Touchet River Levee Path is closed. No walking, biking, vehicles, etc. The levee is experiencing high levels of erosion and due to potential safety issues, all use is prohibited. City and County staff and equipment operators are on site working to stabilize the structure using heavy equipment, rip rap, and rock.

Steer clear and stay safe!

Eff. 2/8/2020 at 11:00 am

City Water is Potable

Municipal water provided by the City of Dayton is potable and can be used as normal. 

Should you have any concerns about water quality, experience city sewer failure, or make notice to weaknesses in the stormwater system, contact City Hall at 509-382-2361 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will be actively reviewing emails and voicemails as we continue to work through this flood event.

YOU COUNT - the 2020 Census is Coming

The 2020 Census is coming, with first mailers being sent from the US Census Bureau in early March. The census is critical for federal, state, and local agencies, and the data collected is used to allocate over $800 billion nationally in federal programs and resources.

The City of Dayton is taking a procative approach to assist in data collection for the 2020 census. See the attached outreach materials for more information and feel free to visit with staff at City Hall with questions or concerns. We will do everything we can, within our abilities, to help. If we can't, we will direct you to someone who can. 

Additional Materials

What's at Stake for Washington?

Every town is an important part of the American story.

Notice of Public Hearing


Notice of Public Hearing to Surplus City Personal Property

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held on February 12, 2020 at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Dayton pertaining to the surplusing the following personal property (draft resolution here):

  • 1975 International 1700 Dump Truck, 5-yard
  • 1981 International 1700 Dump Truck, 5-yard w/Valk Manufacturing Snowplow
  • 1975 Ford F-350 Custom one-ton Dump Truck 

Said public hearing shall be held at 112 S. 1st Street, Dayton, WA, at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the hearing may be held.

Information pertaining to the proposed surplus of city-owned property is available and may be obtained by contacting Public Works Department at (509) 382-4571 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Written testimony to be considered at the public hearing may be submitted to the City of Dayton, 111 S. 1st Street, Dayton, WA 99328 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Written testimony must be received not later than 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

Dated this 14th day of January, 2020

City of Dayton

By: Trina Cole, City Administrator

Published: Dayton Chronicle – January 23 and January 30, 2020

Notice of Public Hearing


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., or soon thereafter, at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Dayton to review and receive comment on proposed legislation to authorize the collection of existing sales and use tax revenues for affordable and supportive housing per House Bill 1406. The draft ordinance can be viewed online at or at Dayton City Hall, 111 S. 1st St., Dayton, WA 99328.

This public hearing will be held at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 112 S. 1st St, Dayton, WA, 99328.

Written testimony/comments shall be considered at the public hearing by the City Council and can be submitted to the City of Dayton no later than 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.  All testimony/comments shall be submitted at 111 S. 1st Street, Dayton, WA 99328 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dayton City Council

By: Meagan Bailey, Director of Planning & Community Development

Published: Dayton Chronicle, January 30, 2020

Beware of Costly FOG

Fats, oils, and grease, as well as "flushable" wipes, towelettes, and rags are the major cause of blockages of the sewer system which can lead to sanitary sewer overflows. Food and grease should never go down the drain because they build up in the line and can cause serious, expensive, and irreversible damage. Only water should go down the drain. Blockages caused by the improper disposal can cause serious damage and be a threat to public health. 

FOG Trash it

Here are some simple steps you can take to keep FOG out of the sewer system:

  • Recycle cooking grease, oil and food wastes.
  • Freeze your grease – pour grease into a jar, let it cool, seal it, freeze it, and throw it into the trash.
  • Never dump used cooking oil down the drain.
  • Scrape and dry wipe pots, pans, and dishes before washing. Take a paper towel and wipe the pan then discard the towel and food waste into the trash receptacle. You can also use coffee grounds to soak up oils and place them into your trash receptacle.
  • Dispose of rags, wipes (both flushable and non-flushable), razor blades, toilet deodorants, dental floss, and other non-biodegradable products into the trash.
  • Never use hot water, detergents or degreasers to flush FOG down the drain; this pushes grease into the pipe where it will cool, congeal and clog the sewer.
  • Never dump FOG (or anything) on the street, parking lot or into storm drains as it will end up in our creeks.
  • Communicate with your friends and neighbors about the problem of grease and other products in your sewer system and how to keep them out. The solution starts right in your home with your actions.


Best Managest Practices for FOG