Flooding fears brought out hundreds of home and business owners to the Green River Valley Wednesday night for a public meeting on the status of repairs to the Howard Hanson dam and the potential for flooding in the Green River Valley in King County.

If there is heavy rain this winter low lying areas in auburn, Kent, Renton and Tukwila could go under ten feet of water because the dame won't be able to hold back as much water as it has in the past.

Homeowner Clara Yarnes says; "I live in the green valley and I'm worried about my house floating away."

Homeowner Bill Crocker says; It's going to rise up I'm told six feet over flood stage. I've lived here for almost 55 years. I've seen some flooding but never heard anything like that."

The problem is the Howard Hanson Dam was damaged during heavy rains in January. Now water seeps through the hillside on one side of the dam and there is erosion along a hillside adjacent to the dam.

Col. Anthony Wright with the Army Corp of Engineers says; "There is a significant risk that is much higher than it has been. I'm going to do everything humanly possible to maximize the capacity of this structure by the first of November."

Erosion could cause the dam to fail. The Army Corp is working around the clock to get the dam fixed by November first.

Even if the fix works Col Wright says it will be temporary.

Col. Wright says; "We're trying to fix the structure as best we can for this flood season to improve its flood capacity. We won't know for sure the effectiveness of that measure until we're able to get it completed and do some testing."

The six hundred or so people at the meeting also got a change to take a look at charts of how the river flows and get information on hot to prepare.

The best advice for those who live in the green river valley:

Get flood insurance now.

Make an emergency plan for your family.

Put together and emergency kit and

Get a radio and fresh batteries.

Local, State and Federal officials all agree Flood insurance is the top priority right now, but don't wait. Your policy won't go into effect until a month after you buy it.

If you missed tonight's meeting you can see a replay on KCTV, that's King County Television or online at kingcounty.gov.