There have been five major floods on the lower Columbia since 1894, including the 1948 Vanport Flood, which displaced over 18,000 residents and killed at least 15 people. Despite this history, and the immense growth in the area, there’s been a limited understanding of the flood risk posed if a portion of the levee were
The US Army Corps of Engineers has successfully launched their New Start Feasibility Study of the Portland metropolitan area levee system, and as they work through the initial scoping phase, they would like to engage community members in discussing the study process, upcoming milestones, and the preliminary alternatives being developed. To begin the conversation, we’re
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This week marked an important moment for Levee Ready Columbia and the Drainage Districts. On Wednesday, we celebrated the official launch of the US Army Corps of Engineers New Start Feasibility Study with a signing ceremony at Fairview City Hall. During the ceremony, Colonel Aaron Dorf, Commander of the Portland District of Army Corps, and Reed Wagner,
The US Army Corps of Engineers to Conduct Study of Flood Protection Systems in Portland Region FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Evyn Mitchell, Public Affairs & Communications Manager (503) 281-5675 firstname.lastname@example.org Portland, Ore. – The US Army Corps of Engineers have announced that they will conduct a flood damage reduction feasibility study of the Portland
Oregon lawmakers are urging federal officials in Washington D.C. to support a flood protection feasibility study.
April 17, 2018 – Columbia River levee system needs more funding to win federal approval, most of Multnomah County may be asked to share the funding load. Read the full story here.
“Levee project wants regional taxing district to protect area from Columbia River floods” – LRC in Portland Tribune
February 15, 2018 – “Massive flood damages after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy caused the federal government to rethink its flood safety standards, which are pegged to flood insurance. The challenging new requirements prompted a multi-year project, led by Levee Ready Columbia, to upgrade the 27-mile levee system to meet higher federal standards.” Read the
January 10, 2018 – “State study shows just how vulnerable we are if any Columbia River flood-control levees fail.” Read the full story here.
January 9, 2018 – “The Portland area needs to learn from the experiences in New Orleans and Houston, where devastating urban floods – a decade apart – led to divisive finger-pointing about what should have been done to prepare for and mitigate the disasters and who should have paid for it.” See the story here.