Corps of Engineers continuing flood fight support in western Washington

Published Nov. 14, 2015


SEATTLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, Reservoir Control Center continues operating local dams around the clock for flood risk reduction and the Emergency Operations Center is responding to local requests for flood fight assistance.

The Snohomish flood team is monitoring flows on the Stillaguamish and Snohomish river basins. The Ocean Shores team is assessing the performance of the work the Corps did at Ocean Shores previously and how the City's Geotube repair is performing. The eminent threat from the current storm has passed.

The Corps wrapped up monitoring on the Elwha and Dungeness rivers yesterday evening. The Elwha levee appeared to pass the flood flows well. Work has concluded at Union Slough for Everett and Diking District 5.

The Corps issued 1,000 feet of HESCO, 200 Super Sacks, and 2,500 sandbags to the City of Kent, and sent 2,500 sandbags to the City of Aberdeen.

The Corps operates dams in the White/Puyallup, Green/Duwamish, Skagit and Wynoochee basins for flood risk reduction. Dam operators had drawn down reservoirs to typical seasonal levels in preparation for the fall and winter flood season.  The Corps is operating Wynoochee, Ross, and Upper Baker dams for flood control, holding down outflows to reduce the risk of downstream flooding.

Reservoir data from Corps reservoirs are available on line at:

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. 15-046