Army Corps of Engineers helps communities in North Sound before Atmospheric River – KIRO 7 News Seattle


WASHINGTON – The US Army Corps of Engineers is helping communities in the North Sound prepare for the next wave of rain to hit western Washington.

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The corps deployed flood teams to Whatcom and Skagit counties ahead of Thanksgiving, delivering 120,000 sandbags to communities affected by flooding in the past two weeks, according to a statement.

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Officials said work was completed to close breaches in the dikes in Whatcom County caused by storms last week.

“Army Corps flood engineers are working side-by-side with local and state officials in a race against time to repair so much damage to the levees before the next big storm system hits,” said Doug Weber, Seattle District Emergency Management Officer.

The Army Corps of Engineers tank control center has also been activated to provide round-the-clock operations to monitor all conditions and respond to anticipated flooding, the statement said.

For those in need of sandbags, Whatcom County Public Works makes them available to Sumas and Everson at:

  • 605 Robinson Street, Everson
  • 143 Columbia Street, Sumas

Those who live in unincorporated areas of Whatcom County and need sandbags can get them at either location or call your nearest municipality to find out how to get sandbags. .


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