Wetter than normal rainy season predicted; Flood Control District funds 19 public safety projects in budget

Preparing for a wet La Niña flood season, the King County Flood Control District Board of Supervisors today adopted a 2012 budget totaling $46 million. They also adopted a six-year capital improvement program.

The budget funds 19 capital projects, including engineering design for major levee rehabilitations scheduled for 2013-2015 construction on the Green, Cedar, Snoqualmie, and White Rivers; provides $3.6 million to 40 jurisdictions through the Flood Control District's Opportunity Fund; and improves flood awareness, response programs and facility maintenance.

"We are excited to ramp up the district's efforts on major construction projects this year," said Flood Control District Board Chair Julia Patterson. "Significant storm events and past issues at the now fully operational Army Corps of Engineers' Howard Hanson Dam have dominated our work the last few years. We are pleased to be proactively moving forward with major levee rehabilitation projects throughout King County that will protect public safety and the regional economy."

Since its creation, the Flood Control District has been working to reduce flood risk, successfully completing 60 projects. These efforts would have taken 26 years to complete without Flood Control District funding.

"Levee projects, along with other District activities, protect residents, farms, homes, employment centers, and critical infrastructure, including highways, fiber optic cables and water lines," said Reagan Dunn, Flood Control District executive committee chair. "Since its creation, the District has elevated 48 homes above flood height, acquired 86 parcels encompassing 178 acres in the floodplain from willing landowners, and relocated more than 175 tenants to safer, superior housing."

The Flood Control District's Board of Supervisors asked their Advisory Committee to review the 2012 budget and provide recommendations. The operating and capital programs adopted are generally consistent with those recommendations.

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