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King County Flood Control District adopts $41 million budget, which includes six-year capital improvement program

The King County Flood Control District Board of Supervisors today adopted a 2013 budget totaling $41 million, which included the adoption of a six-year capital improvement program (CIP).

The budget funds 14 major levee rehabilitation projects across King County, provides over $3.7 million to 40 jurisdictions for local flooding and stormwater projects through the Flood Control District’s Opportunity Fund; it also improves flood awareness, response programs and facility maintenance.

In addition to flood prevention projects and activities, the budget provides $3.15 million in funding to improve water quality, protect and restore habitat, and support salmon recovery efforts in four King County watersheds.

Specific project examples across King County to be implemented over 2013-18 include:

 

  • Elliott Bay Seawall (Seattle): $28 million to help rebuild the failing seawall that protects Downtown Seattle.
  • Coal Creek Channel Improvements (Bellevue): $8.5 million to reduce flood risks along Coal Creek.
  • Reddington Levee (Auburn): $12 million to construct a setback levee that protects nearly 600 developed parcels with an assessed value of over $680 million.
  • Levee Improvements (Kent and Renton): $30 million to make improvements to levees protecting dense commercial, industrial, and manufacturing areas in Kent and Renton.
  • South Fork Snoqualmie Levee (Upper Snoqualmie): $8.7 million to reconstruct sections of the levees that protect residential and commercial areas of North Bend.
  • Home Elevations (Upper and Lower Snoqualmie): $6.2 million to acquire or elevate at-risk homes in and around the cities of Snoqualmie and North Bend and $2.3 million to reduce risks to home and agricultural operations in the Lower Snoqualmie.
  • Sinnema Quale Revetment (Lower Snoqualmie): Over $3.3 million to reconstruct a failing revetment that protects state Route 203 and the Snoqualmie Valley Trail near Carnation.

The Flood Control District’s Board of Supervisors asked their Advisory Committee to review the 2013 budget and provide recommendations.

The operating and capital programs adopted are generally consistent with those recommendations.

Updated increased revenue projections since the Advisory Committee provided recommendations and a newly-acquired FEMA grant meant that an additional approximately $676,000 was available for 2013 capital projects and roughly $5 million over the six-year CIP.

Information about the King County Flood Control District can be found at www.kingcountyfloodcontrol.org.

 

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