Army Corps of Engineers completing flood fights on Nooksack and Skagit rivers

Published Nov. 5, 2018
 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, flood teams are completing rock placement in the Skagit and Nooksack river basins, where high river flows threatened communities with flooding over the weekend. 

Corps flood engineers are completing a 500-foot buried rock trench along a trail system adjacent to West Main St in Lyman, Washington. The work is part of a joint contingency plan developed by the City of Lyman, Skagit County, Washington State and the Corps to safeguard public infrastructure in Lyman. The project is expected to be complete today.

Crews in Whatcom County added rock armor to 420 feet of the Sande-Williams levee downstream of Deming, Washington, to prevent scour and erosion, protecting the levee from high flows. That work should also be complete today.

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.

Private citizens seeking sandbags should contact their local government offices. 

The National Weather Service issues flood watches and warnings and should be consulted for that information.

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Release no. 18-070