News Releases By Month

  • Army Corps of Engineers assisting with local flood fight efforts

    The Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) emergency operations center is activated to respond to the atmospheric river and heavy rain currently impacting the region. Several rivers are expected to rise into moderate flood stage and record flood stage with the most significant impacts predicted to occur in the Chehalis River Basin, according to the National Weather Service.
  • Seattle District begins to wrap-up flood operations

    After multiple atmospheric river weather events through the last half of November, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ flood fighting activity is winding down. During the events, USACE deployed flood teams supplying communities with technical assistance. They also contributed 167,500 sandbags, 1,320 Hesco barriers and 750 super sacks to help needed flood areas.
  • USACE repairs levees ahead of storm, provides 120,000 sandbags to Western Washington communities

    USACE delivered 120,000 sandbags to flood affected communities over the past two weeks and completed work filling levee breaches caused by last week’s storms in Whatcom County, including Rainbow Slough Levee near Ferndale Road.
  • Army Corps of Engineers dam operations significantly reduced downstream flood risk

    As U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ flood response teams were supporting local communities in Skagit, Whatcom and Snohomish counties over the weekend, Seattle District water managers were busy regulating flows at five dams to reduce downstream flood risk. Without those efforts, levees in Mount Vernon would have overtopped, leading to catastrophic flooding.
  • Army Corps of Engineers Flood Fight Aid to Communities continues

    Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Emergency Operations Center and flood response teams continue local flood fight efforts in communities impacted by back-to-back atmospheric rivers bringing heavy precipitation to the region.
  • Army Corps of Engineers amplifies its flood fight assistance across communities

    Seattle District strengthens its flood fight efforts across communities in the Pacific Northwest in response to an atmospheric river and heavy rainfall throughout the region.
  • Army Corps of Engineers assisting with local flood fight efforts

    The Emergency Operations Center at the Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is activated in response to an atmospheric river and heavy precipitation impacting the region. Several Western Washington river are expected to rise to flood stage with significant impacts predicted to occur in the Skagit, Snohomish and Snoqualmie river basins. The Nooksack, Stillaguamish, Skykomish, Carbon, Nisqually, Puyallup, Chehalis, Cowlitz, Newaukum, and Skookumchuck rivers are also being closely monitored. Rain is anticipated to continue through today with rivers expected to crest Saturday.
  • Officials seek public comments on Jones Levee Feasibility Study, Environmental Assessment

    Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Pierce County are seeking public comments on the draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment (IFR/EA) for the Jones Levee Flood Control Feasibility Study. The 30-day public comment period was from Oct. 12 to Nov. 11 but has been extended to Nov. 26, 2021, because Appendices A.7, A.8, and A.9 were missing in the original posting. The missing appendices are now available for public review and comment. The draft IFR/EA is available for review online at: http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental/Environmental-Documents/
  • Dry conditions could cause unusually low Lake Washington lake-levels

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials anticipate Lake Washington’s level may drop slightly below an elevation of 20 feet this month and are taking steps to conserve water during this year’s dry weather through lockage efficiency.
  • Sturgeon flow augmentation set to begin at Libby Dam

    Water managers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with federal, tribal, and state fishery biologists, have determined that spring run-off conditions warrant the commencement of required flow augmentation at Libby Dam, Montana, for endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon downstream in Idaho. The flow augmentation operation includes increasing outflows to full powerhouse capacity for approximately two weeks to provide river conditions that may increase sturgeon spawning success in the lower Kootenai River.