The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials approved a Flood Plain Management Study for the town of Lyman, Washington, and provided the Seattle District $40,000 to complete it.
The flood plain study will look at long-term solutions the town could implement to reduce future flood risk for its residences. The program does not give the Corps authority to complete detailed final designs or perform any construction activities.
“It will be Lyman’s responsibility to fund, request grants or work with other agencies to implement any recommendations from this study,” said Seattle District Flood Plain Manager Travis Ball. “By developing a conceptual approach with supporting data and analysis, it should help the town secure funding.”
The flood plain study was one recommendation from the meeting and in addition to it, the Corps is providing technical and engineering expertise to help the town develop a flood contingency plan. It’s extremely important for local governments to have a contingency plan, according to Weber.
The plan identifies specific actions to ensure community safety and can help expedite getting aid by ensuring they meet county, state or federal requirements or authorities.
Following the December 18 meeting, Weber and Ball stayed after to provide assistance as the town began creating a plan and continue providing technical and engineering advice.