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King County flood district board to vote on Kent levee repair plan

Crews install a metal sheet pile flood wall in January at the Boeing Levee along the Green River in Kent similar to the city
Crews install a metal sheet pile flood wall in January at the Boeing Levee along the Green River in Kent similar to the city's proposal for the Briscoe-Desimone levee repair.
— image credit: COURTESY PHOTO, Toby Hallock, City of Kent

A vote is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26 by the King County Flood Control District Board of Supervisors about whether to approve a city of Kent plan to repair a Green River levee to improve flood protection and reduce insurance rates.

The nine-member board (composed of the members of the Metropolitan King County Council) will meet at 1:30 p.m. in Room 1001 at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., in downtown Seattle.

The flood district's executive committee voted 3-1 on Feb. 7 to recommend to the full board to choose the estimated $17 million Kent proposal to build a flood wall along the 2.5-mile Briscoe-Desimone levee. The county has proposed setback levee options estimated at costs of more than $63 million and up to $416 million because of the need buy property and move businesses to expand the levee.

The committee hired a consultant to recommend a repair plan after it could not decide the best proposal to spend millions of dollars to repair the levee that stretches from South 180th Street to South 200th Street. The consultant favored the Kent proposal.

If the levee repair plan is approved, Kent officials plan to begin work this summer.

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