2015-17 Funding -- $500,000 [Flood Authority authorized: $150,000 at their 4/21/2016 meeting (see 5/11/2016 FINAL signed funding agreement here); and $350,000 at their 10/20/2016 meeting (see 11/29/2016 FINAL signed funding agreement here).]
Project Financials -- See separate project financials website here.
Description -- Fry Creek passes through developed urban areas of Aberdeen and Hoquiam before discharging to Grays Harbor. The creek channel has been filled in and constricted over time as the cities have developed, and today it is generally a narrow channel passing through many culverts and under roadway crossings. During high rainfall events, the flow exceeds the capacity of the channel and the creek floods adjacent urban residential and commercial areas, affecting homes, businesses, roadways, and vital operations such as the Grays Harbor PUD and Pacific Care and Rehabilitation Center. In addition to direct flooding, city storm sewers that are hydraulically connected to the creek surcharge when it floods, contributing to significant flooding in low-lying areas not immediately adjacent to the creek such as Cherry Street farther east in the City of Aberdeen.
The Cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam are currently developing a comprehensive flood risk master plan – the “Timberworks Master Plan” – to be completed in October 2016. The Master Plan will identify restoration and flood reduction measures for Fry Creek. Aberdeen will build on the work completed in the Master Plan to create a 30% design for restoration of Fry Creek to reduce flooding by improving conveyance, storage, and outfall conditions in the creek system. Additional goals include habitat restoration and improved public access to Fry Creek.
The project will benefit the City of Aberdeen, City of Hoquiam, Grays Harbor PUD, Pacific Care and Rehabilitation Center, and many others.
Flood Hazard Reduction Benefits -- Project will benefit the Community through improved management of flood waters from Fry Creek thereby increasing property values, improving use of limited Public Works resources, improving habitat and recreational amenities.
Project Status --On-Track, Underway.
December 2016 -- Consultant selected and under contract.
January 2017 -- Surveying begins.
March 2017 -- Predesign studies complete.
June 2017 -- Preliminary design development complete.