FEMA Aid Received for December 2015 Storm

FEMA Aid Received for December 2015 Storm

This week we learned that Multnomah County Drainage District and Sandy Drainage Improvement Company, two of LRC’s partners, received $46,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help cover costs associated with December 2015 storms.

South Shore Flooding During Storm in 2015

Flooded road along the South Shore of the Columbia River in the Portland area during 2015 Storm

The December 2015 storms led to various damages, including to a pump station, and were declared a disaster by the President, which is the reason the drainage districts were eligible for disaster funding. The funding received will help pay for the time and materials needed to repair the pump so our system is ready for this year’s weather.

Other recent highlights: 

  1. This week, Levee Ready Columbia Project Manager Colin Rowan had a successful field visit with Cornforth Consultants and Western States Drilling in MCDD and SDIC. This work identified over 200 locations where we will be taking soil samples from the levees to test how the levees will perform during a future flood event.
  2. The Phase 1 Levee Engineering Assessment for MCDD and SDIC is nearly finalized and will be released in the next few days.
  3. Levee Ready Columbia and the Oregon Department of Geology & Mineral Industries have received funding from FEMA’s Cooperating Technical Partnership Program to conduct a risk assessment that captures impacts of potential flood events within the drainage districts.
  4. Portland hosted the 2016 Disaster Relief Trials this past weekend to underscore the importance of bikes in a post-disaster scenario.

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