Oregon’s 2019 legislative session began this week. Among the many issues that will be discussed in Salem, the Levee Ready Columbia partnership has worked with local legislators to introduce several bills: First, Senate Bill 254/House Bill 2323 authorize Business Oregon’s Infrastructure Finance Authority (IFA) to award more grants from the Special Public Works levee assistance subaccount.
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
Thanks to everyone who came out for the US Army Corps of Engineers’ open houses in December! If you couldn’t make it to the meetings but would like to review the Corps’ presentation, it is available here. We are always happy to share questions, comments, and concerns with the Corps or you can contact them
We’re pleased to be able to share our “What’s at Risk” handout in four languages! Please download and share: WHAT’S AT RISK (English) LO QUE ESTÁ EN RIESGO (Spanish) RỦI RO LÀ GÌ (Vietnamese) ЧТО НАХОДИТСЯ В ЗОНЕ РИСКА (Russian)
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 email@example.com 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.