Laura White finds her Zen in her garden.
It's my favorite thing to do, she said, while digging in the dirt outside her home. I feel peaceful here.
The garden in her front yard is an oasis from daily stress, especially when worrisome weather arrives.
When that weather comes, I wanted to go check myself in somewhere! She joked.
Whenever there was a major rainstorm in her North Everett neighborhood,the streets would run like rivers and her home wouldflood. In2010 she suffered 6 inches of water and sewage in her basement, $3,000 in damage and monthsof repairs.
If you live in anarea that rains as much as it does here, they should've mastered the drainage situation, she told KING 5 back then.
Now, the City of Everett is returning to nature to alleviate perennial flood problems. They're building rain gardens around town on people's properties. A rain garden is essentially a ditch dug in your yard and then filled in with soil and plants like a forest. The vegetation filters and soaks up stormwater from downspouts and roads and diverts it into the watershed. Less water runs into gutters and storm drains, keeping cellars dry and plumbing from backing up.
Everett's Public Works Departmentis promoting the projects, even paying for them. Hoping interest in thegardens will grow, the city will subsidize up to $2500 per home.
They have spent some money up front to put these systems in, but compared to what they could be spending in liability, it's way cheaper in the long run, said DerekHann of the Snohomish County Conservation District.
Case in point, the city shelled out nearly a million dollars for that 2010 storm in Laura White's neighborhood. I don't ever want togo throughthat again, she said. That was traumatic.
Since installingseven rain gardens in NorthEverett,the neighborhood hasn't flooded once -- including Laura's place.The rain garden she tends tonow provides more than just a place to relax. It's a huge peace of mind.
Severalcommunities are subsidizing rain gardens in certain flood prone neighborhoods. For more information check out these links. http://www.12000raingardens.org/http://www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=1648