King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove and Normandy Park Mayor Jonathan Chicquette. Photo courtesy King County.

The King County Flood Control District announced this week that the City of Normandy Park will receive a $200,000 grant to design replacement culverts along Sequoia and Walker Creeks.

The existing culverts cannot handle high creek flows and are barriers to fish passage.

“By partnering with cities and community organizations, we can ensure local flood reduction efforts are successful and compliment the regional work of the King County Flood Control District,” said Flood Control District Vice Chair Dave Upthegrove.

“With these funds, the City can address a long-standing problem on the Sequoia and Walker Creeks. We appreciate the work that Dave Upthegrove has undertaken to help us secure this grant,” said Normandy Park Mayor Jonathan Chicquette.

Now in its sixth year, the Flood Reduction Grant program provides funding for municipalities, tribes, school districts and homeowner associations to deal with local flooding risks. This award is part of more than $3.6 million in grants approved by the Flood Control District in 2019.

Approved grant amounts range from $15,000 to more than $300,000.

Other funded projects tackle flooding from creeks or lakes due to outflow blockage or failing culverts or pipes, address flooding roads caused by increased stormwater runoff, and clear or maintain agricultural drainage systems.

For a full list of funded projects, click here.

The King County Flood Control District is a special purpose government created to provide funding and policy oversight for flood protection projects and programs in King County. The Flood Control District’s Board is composed of the members of the King County Council. The Water and Land Resources Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks carries out the approved flood protection projects and programs under an interlocal agreement.