Crews are building a flood wall along the Lower Russell Levee on the Green River in Kent.
This is just the first phase of an estimated $52 million project to be completed in the next couple of years by the King County Flood Control District between South 228th Street and South 212th Street.
The project will take about four years to complete as crews install a flood wall, create new fish habitat areas as well as relocate and reconstruct the city of Kent’s Van Doren’s Landing Park.
A property tax of about 10 cents per $1,000 assessed value funds the King County Flood Control District, which helps oversee the program and is run by the County Council. The property tax levy, approved by the county council in 2007 to raise funds for flood protection, brings in about $60 million per year. The Flood District will cover most of the project costs. The state kicked in about $7 million and the city of Kent about $1 million.
Editor’s Note: The property tax rate has been corrected.