NEWS RELEASE (JULY 10, 2018): The US Army Corps of Engineers have announced that they will conduct a flood damage reduction feasibility study of the Portland metropolitan levee system. The designation came through the Corpsâ€™ storm supplemental with funding for a $3 million feasibility study over the next three years. The outcome of study will identify recommendations based on optimizing national economic development benefits balanced with other important considerations such as natural and cultural resources, socioeconomics, and life safety.
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Levee Accreditation Program
To help ensure public safety and economic stability for the Columbia Corridor, Levee Ready Columbia is working to maintain accreditation within the Federal Emergency Management Agencyâ€™s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This means Levee Ready Columbia must compile existing information and gather new data on the current condition of the levee system.Â This information will be used to identify risk areas, repair them, and achieve FEMA accreditation, to ensure that the levees will perform as expected during floods.
Additionally, the Levee Ready Columbia partners will useÂ this information, to identify what kinds of work may need to be done to reduce flood risk for the future and evaluate a variety of cost effective ways to reduce risk for the community. These include looking at built solutions, like higher levees and non-structural solutions, like emergency preparedness and evacuation plans. Ultimately, Levee Ready Columbia will work with its partners and the community to determine what level of flood risk is acceptable, and how best to prepare for future high water events.
See theÂ Levee Evaluation and Drilling page for the most recent information about NE Marine Drive levee evaluations.
See the Governance page for the most recent information about Levee Ready Columbia’s work to determine the best option for funding and managing the levees in the future.