January 10, 2018 – “State study shows just how vulnerable we are if any Columbia River flood-control levees fail.” See the 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.
December 23, 2017 – Entire Portland area may be asked to help improve levee system via property tax-funded bonds. See the story here.
September 6, 2017 – The dramatic flooding in Texas has some people wondering what’s at risk in Portland. Willamette Week took a look at our work to prepare for the future. http://www.wweek.com/news/2017/09/06/levees-protect-portland-from-texas-style-flooding-in-an-age-of-extreme-weather-were-falling-behind-on-their-upkeep/
August 31, 2017 – With the dramatic flooding events occurring in Texas this week, local reporters have begun to ask about the risk of flooding in the Portland area. See the story here.
June 29, 2017 – Today we were thrilled to learn the Senator Jeff Merkley will be asking for federal support for our local efforts to reduce flood risk. This announcement is the culmination of our many partnerships and we couldn’t agree more about the need to invest in flood risk management for the future. Learn
March 23, 2017 – Levee Ready Columbia convener Jules Bailey wrote an op-ed for the Portland Tribune on the program. It was published on Tuesday, March 21. Read the article here: http://portlandtribune.com/pt/10-opinion/350685-228858-my-view-preparedness-best response-to-flood-risk
February 16, 2017: As of this week: 64 of 198 locations completed in MCDD! 54 of 54 locations completed in SDIC! We are finalizing permits to begin drilling work on Marine Drive. Coming Soon: Beginning later next week or the week of February 27, we will begin levee evaluations on Marine Drive. The drilling work
Recent Progress: This week (February 6, 2017): Drilling work will be taking place in the Sandy Drainage Improvement Company which will result in the closure of 40-mile loop multi-trail from Sundial Road to Graham Road. The closure will be posted along the route. Find a map of the closure and an alternate route here. Drilling
December 22, 2016 – In the next few months Levee Ready Columbia is scheduled to begin investigating the levees under Marine Drive. These investigations are required to certify that the levees reduce the risk of flooding and to ensure that our region continues to receive the benefits of participation in federal programs like the National