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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)  



  • April 2018 -- North Shore Levee Open House April 21 2018

The Cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam are hosting an open house to update the community on progress and next steps for design and construction of the North Shore Levee. The public is encouraged to attend to learn about the project, ask questions, and provide feedback. City staff and members of the Levee’s design team will be on-hand and available.

Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:00am – Noon
Rotary Log Pavilion
1401 Sargent Blvd, Aberdeen

  • April 2018 -- New Online Option for Submitting North Shore Levee Comments and Questions

The public can submit comments and questions by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/levee and filling out the online form. This can also be done at the second floor of Aberdeen City Hall using a workstation. Paper forms for submitting written comments and questions are also available at the second floor of Aberdeen City Hall.

  • March 2018 -- Cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam Receive $2.5 Million to Fully Fund North Shore Levee Design

The Washington State Legislature approved a 2018 supplemental capital budget that includes $2.5 million for the Aberdeen-Hoquiam North Shore Levee project. With $2.1 million previously funded by the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority, the project now has a total of $4.6 million in State funding, the full amount needed to complete design and permitting. This funding allows the project to stay on schedule for developing cost estimates in 2018 in time to make a 2019-2021 capital budget request for construction funding. Design is scheduled to be complete in 2019.

Once the Levee is constructed and accredited, over 3,100 properties in Aberdeen and Hoquiam, including Downtown Aberdeen, will be removed from the area that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has mapped as Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) due to coastal flood risk. Properties removed from the SFHA will no longer be subject to National Flood Insurance Program building code and flood insurance regulations, financial burdens that cost the community millions each year and hinder local investment. FEMA issued a preliminary approval for the proposed mapping change in October 2017 through a Conditional Letter of Map Revision.

The North Shore Levee project includes 5.7 miles of levee between the Wishkah and Hoquiam Rivers to protect against coastal flood events, plus significant upgrades to and expansion of stormwater pump systems to improve drainage. As the project prepares to transition to the next phase of design and permitting, the Cities will continue to engage and inform the community through community meetings, stakeholder interviews, personal meetings, surveys, website updates, council meeting updates, and media releases.

The Cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam are committed to implementing the recommendations of the 2016 TimberWorks Master Plan. The Master Plan identified investments to reduce flood risk while also achieving other benefits such as water quality improvements and habitat enhancement, as well as community and economic development. In addition to the North Shore Levee, the Fry Creek Restoration & Flood Reduction project is a major TimberWorks project that is currently underway.

Statements from our Leadership:

Aberdeen Mayor Erik Larson: 

I am very thankful for the Legislature's continued support for theNorth Shore Levee and other important infrastructure projects in both Aberdeenand Hoquiam, as well as the rest of Grays Harbor. We are a community worthinvesting in and the legislature continues to acknowledge this fact.

Hoquiam Mayor Jasmine Dickhoff:

We are ecstatic to know that the Legislature believes in this projectenough to allocate the amount they did. Our sincere thanks to them andspecifically to Rep. Brian Blake for championing our area at such a high degreeof success.

Representative Brian Blake:

“This historic project will protect families across Aberdeen andHoquiam from floods, and will also protect and create jobs in the area,which will boost the economy,” said Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, who madethe capital budget request and secured the needed funds. “It’s a win-win,really, for everybody, and it will benefit Grays Harbor well into the future.”

  • 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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