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
December 19, 2016 – This month Garrett Andrews of DJC Oregon took a look under the hood of the Levee Ready Columbia program to explore the potential costs of flood risk reduction efforts in the Columbia Corridor. He interviewed a number of LRC partners including Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey, the Executive Director of the
November 16, 2016 – This week Oregon Public Broadcasting released a new edition of the Oregon Experience focusing on the community of Vanport. In addition to being an excellent history of the Vanport community, there is some great documentary footage of the 1948 flood. Take a look here: http://www.opb.org/television/programs/oregonexperience/episodes/1101/
August 23, 2016 – Major flooding in Louisiana and the arrival of the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies annual conference have put a spotlight on Levee Ready Columbia. Today, stories about the conference and the local levee system ran on KOIN and the Portland Tribune.