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Aberdeen Flood Relief Projects

Local Flood Relief Project Jurisdiction Status Start Date
Aberdeen -- Fry Creek Restoration ´╗┐City of Aberdeen Active  
Aberdeen -- North Shore Levee Project City of Aberdeen (Partner w/ City of Hoquiam) Active 07/26/2013
Aberdeen -- Southside Dike/Levee Certification Project City of Aberdeen Active 04/04/2013
Timberworks Coastal Resiliency Master Plan Aberdeen/Hoquiam/Grays Harbor County  Active (Related Project)  



  • December 2017 -- Fry Creek First Phase Identified, Final Design of First Phase Underway

The Preliminary Design Report for the Fry Creek Restoration & Flood Reduction project was completed in August 2017. The Report identifies design and phasing alternatives for the lower creek system. Based on the Report's findings, the first phase of the project was selected to be the creek between Simpson Avenue and the railroad tracks. Final design of the first phase is currently underway. Funding for construction ($2.215 million) is included in the State's 2017-2019 biennium capital budget through the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative.

  • October 2017 -- CLOMR Issued for North Shore Levee

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR) for the proposed North Shore Levee. FEMA’s issuance of a CLOMR is confirmation that, once the levee is built and certified, FEMA will redraw local Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) to reflect levee protection. Within the limits of levee protection, areas that are currently mapped Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) due to coastal flooding will be removed from the 100-year coastal floodplain and remapped as Zone X. This is a major milestone for the North Shore Levee project as it ensures that the project, once constructed, will result in the intended mapping changes

The Cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam are working in partnership to design and build the North Shore Levee to provide flood protection for low-lying parts of the cities between the Wishkah and Hoquiam Rivers north of the Chehalis River and Grays Harbor Estuary. The project will provide coastal flood protection to as many areas as is feasible, improve the storm drainage systems in Aberdeen and Hoquiam so that they more effectively collect and convey runoff from intense storm events, and significantly reduce the economic burden on the community caused by flooding. The FIRM mapping revisions associated with the Levee will remove approximately 3,500 propertiesbetween the Wishkah and Hoquiam Rivers from the SFHA and place them into a Zone X, eliminating Federal flood insurance requirements on mortgages.

The next step in this process is to finalize the design of the Levee and go through the local permitting process. Funding to continue design and permitting has been allocated by the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority for the 2017-2019 biennium and will be available once the State passes a capital budget.


  • October 2017 -- CLOMR Application Uploaded to North Shore Levee Website

The CLOMR application documents have been uploaded to the North Shore Levee project website and can be found by clicking on the "Library" heading.



Kris Koski, PE
City Engineer
City of Aberdeen
(360) 537-3218





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