Important flood reduction projects receive funding

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Your Update on What's Happening at the King County Council  

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week, the Flood Control District approved a round of Flood Reduction Grant funding. As Vice Chair of the Flood Control District, I strive to always represent the needs of our communities and bolster flood protection across District 9. This is why I’m pleased to announce that several important projects in Enumclaw, Newcastle, and Maple Valley received critical funding through this grant process:

  • $1.25 million was awarded to the City of Enumclaw to re-direct Boise Creek away from the Enumclaw Golf Course, making the golf course less susceptible to flooding while also improving conditions for migrating salmon.
  • $220,000 was awarded to King County Drainage District #5 to replace an aged and undersized conveyance system that currently contributes to flooding along Cedar Street and Rainier Avenue during periods of heavy rainfall.
  • $750,000 was awarded to the City of Newcastle for their project that seeks to prevent a catastrophic failure of the Railroad Embankment Dam while also improving fish passage along Newport Hills Creek.
  • $370,000 was awarded to the City of Maple Valley to replace three culverts along South Jenkins Creek that frequently flood with culverts or bridges that are higher capacity and easier for fish to pass through.

All of these projects will increase our protection against flooding, which can cause so much damage to our homes, businesses, roadways, and other critical infrastructure. I'm excited to see them move forward!

If I can answer any questions about Flood Reduction Grants for you, please contact me at  


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Reagan Dunn
King County Councilmember
District 9