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Posted 3/28/2014

Release no. 14-013


Contact
Tanya King
206-764-3750
tanya.m.king@usace.army.mil

SEATTLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, put its Emergency Operations center into 24-hour operation March 27 and has sent a team to work with the Quinault Indian Tribe with flood protection measures before a storm hits overnight and coincides with high tide Saturday morning.

The Corps team is assisting the Quinault Indian Nation at Taholah, Wash., with repair of a 500-foot section of seawall to protect homes and infrastructure from potential flooding before this weekend’s high tide. 

“The Corps has sent out teams of emergency responders who are familiar with the area and the specific threats from coastal storms,” said Doug Weber, the Seattle District, U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Emergency Management Branch Chief.  “Work is already underway and we expect to be done with construction before high tide March 29, which is at around noon.”

Teams will remain to monitor conditions until the major storm threat has passed.

Public Law 84-99 enables the Corps to assist state and local authorities in flood fight activities and cost share in the repair of flood protection structures. The purpose is to prevent loss of life and minimize property damage associated with severe weather.
         
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