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FEMA Aid for December Storm

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

Lessons from around the NW

September 28, 2016 – Staff from Levee Ready Columbia returned from Yakima, Washington and the Northwest Regional Floodplain Management association’s annual conference with much acclaim from our peers. The conference provided opportunities to meet with other flood plain managers around the northwest to share strategies and lessons learned. What we learned from these meetings is

Partners Host Technical Forum

September 21, 2016 – The Levee Ready Columbia partners met on September 14 to discuss next steps for strengthening state and federal partnerships and to hear staff reports on major program areas such as community outreach,  levee engineering assessments, the Rehabilitation and Inspection Program. Following the meeting, staff and consultants hosted a technical forum for

Levee Ready In the Community

August 24, 2016 –  Levee Ready Columbia has been out at a number of community events including the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s annual regatta, the Port of Portland‘s Seaport Celebration, the Sauvie Island Community Association Picnic, and the Bridgeton Neighborhood picnic. Look for us at more events soon, such as the PDX Runway Run, Blue Lake

Flood Emergency Action Plan

August 23, 2016 – Recently, four of the drainage districts involved in Levee Ready Columbia adopted a new Flood Emergency Action Plan. The plan provides step by step actions for how the districts and other partners will respond to high water events on the Columbia River. For more information, visit the districts’ web site.

New Project Kickoff

8/4/2016 – Last week the Levee Ready Columbia administrative subcommittee reviewed and approved a project to inspect critical levee structures called “toe drains”. These structures, similar to “french drains” or “rock drains” are placed along the landward side of levees to capture and channel water seeping through the levees during high water events. These particular

Partnering in Preparedness

8/3/2016 – Last week Levee Ready Columbia met with the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization to provide an update on our work. Levee Ready Columbia representatives MCDD and Metro discussed the history of the levee program, the partnership, the risk of flooding, and the need to continue working together to prepare for future high water events.