Since I moved to the Snoqualmie River Valley four nine years ago, I have been tinkering with software tools to help me predict and monitor floods. By "tinkering" I mean spending countless late nights bleary eyed in front of the computer adjusting the algorithms so my pager doesn't wake me in the middle of the night unless it is absolutely necessary. I created Floodzilla to share these tools with my neighbors. I'm doing this now for a number of reasons. 1) I'm a nice guy. 2) It gives me a better excuse to stay up late tweaking the algorithms. 3) By making this public, it allows me to get feedback and generate new ideas on how to make it even better. Which of course benefits me. See, it's all about me.
The goal is to make living with the floods easier by bringing order, visibility, and timeliness to the jumble of data available through various government agencies. There are definite perks to living in the flood zone. It's beautiful, lush, and I can't see any condos from my house for instance. But those perks come with a price. The idea behind Floodzilla is to try and reduce that price by making it easier to live with the floods.
I choose the name "Floodzilla" because I'm not very creative and I couldn't think of anything else that wasn't already taken.
Introducing the Floodzilla HQ Flood Cam.
January 2nd, 2007
I spent some time over the holidays adding some cool new features to Floodzilla. Check out the new river and station data pages here: Snoqualmie River Status and Carnation Station. If you are using Internet Explorer, you will also see the cool new graphs. My favorite new pages is the sum of the three Snoqualmie Forks station page. I'm working on making the charts easier to read, so look for updates coming soon.
December 10th, 2005
I hacked in support for SMS emails last night. You can now subscribe to your cell phone's e-mail address and it will display a short (text only) version of the mail. I tried to make it as compact as possible since my phone cuts off all text after 150 chars. If you have a fancy phone you may get the full html version. Please let me know if you have a text only e-mail reader and are only getting the brief versions.
November 27th, 2005
Floodzilla now offers 4 types of notifications. Sign up for them all to start with and then delete the ones that you don't need. I'll post samples soon to make it easier to decide.
November 15th, 2005
Here it is. There are lots of things I want to add, but it's got the basics now. I have plans to add an RSS feed, an archive of alerts by flood event, and support for all more rivers. Please let me know if there are things you would like to see Floodzilla do.
Don't trust your life or property to the data provided by Floodzilla. We aren't that responsible.