October 26, 2016 – This week we learned that Multnomah County Drainage District and Sandy Drainage Improvement Company, two of the LRC partners, received $46,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help cover costs associated with December 2015 storms. The storm resulted in a presidentially declared disaster causing damage to a pump station. The funding helps pay for the time and materials to repair the pump so our system is ready for this year’s weather.
Other highlights from the last week include:
- Project Manager Colin Rowan had a successful field visit with Cornforth Consultants and Western States Drilling in MCDD and SDIC. This work identified over 200 locations where we will be taking soil samples from the levees to test how the levees will perform during a future flood event.
- The Phase 1 Levee Engineering Assessment for MCDD and SDIC is nearly finalized and will be released in the next few days. Look for it soon in the Levee Ready Columbia library!
- Levee Ready Columbia and the Oregon Department of Geology have received funding from FEMA’s Cooperating Technical Partnership Program to conduct a risk assessment that captures impacts of potential flood events within the drainage districts.
- Portland hosted the 2016 Disaster Relief Trials this past weekend to underscore the importance of bikes in a post-disaster scenario.