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.
USACE has deployed a flood fight team to the Chehalis River Basin to provide technical assistance to the City of Chehalis along with 25,000 sandbags and a sand bagging machine. USACE is also delivering sandbags to Grays Harbor County. USACE engineers along with local flood response officials are monitoring area levees.
Public Law 84-99 enables the USACE to assist state and local authorities in flood fight activities and cost share in the repair of eligible flood protection structures following a flood event and at the request of a local sponsor. 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.
Release no. 22-001