Spangle seeks flood prevention help

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by MIKE GONZALEZ and KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 2:40 PM

SPANGLE, Wash—After neighborhood blocks were devastated by floods, residents in Spangle sought help preventing the Spangle Creek from flooding again.

A long time resident living 50 yards from the creek, Dean Robinson, believed the problems in his neighborhood were caused by more than just rain and run-off.
“My own personal opinion is that there’s some problems with the dredging of the ditch,” Robinson said.
Water run-off during a storm in early March was supposed to be directed through culverts into Spangle Creek and sent down stream.
The amount of water was apparently too much for the system to handle. It got backed up and flooded nearby neighborhoods.
Robinson hoped that drudging the creek would solve the problem.
“I don’t think it’s been dredged since I’ve been here,” he said.
The Department of Ecology met with city officials Wednesday to discuss the issue.
They issued a statement saying, “We don’t know if dredging is or isn’t the right approach at this time. We look forward to working with the community to find the best available options for flood recovery and preparedness and flood plain management.”

 

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