Emergency Levee Repairs

Whatcom County Public Works River and Flood Division worked with partners to complete these emergency short-term repairs to levees damaged during the November 2021 floods.

Fishtrap Creek Levee

Location: upstream of Guide Meridian Road/SR 539

Damage: Three levee breaches along left bank (minor-moderate)

An initial levee breach was repaired by the County/Flood Control Zone District (FCZD) after the first November 2021 flood. The second flood caused three breaches; the initial repair site did not have adequate tie-in and was re-damaged along with two other sites upstream and downstream of the initial repair site. An emergency repair was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) with County support in December 2021. The County is completing additional levee rehabilitation and revegetation in 2022. 


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Lynden Levee

Location: South of Kok Road

Damage: Backslope damage along right bank (significant)

The USACE completed emergency backslope repairs with County support following the floods in 2021. The County is completing additional levee rehabilitation and revegetation in 2022.


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Rainbow Slough Levee

Location: downstream of Ferndale Road bridge

Damage: Levee breach along right bank (minor-moderate)

The USACE completed emergency repairs with County support following the floods in November 2021. Diking District #1 is completing additional levee rehabilitation and revegetation in 2022-2023.


Rainbow Slough repair December 2021

Rainbow Slough Levee repairs complete Dec 6

Saar Creek Levee

Location: near Reese Hill Road/SR 547

Damage: Levee breach along right bank (minor-moderate)

An initial emergency repair by Drainage District #15 after first November 2021 flood failed. The District requested help from the County/FCZD and USACE after the second flood. An emergency repair was completed by the USACE with County support in November 2021. The District completed emergency dredging of stream and sediment trap and is completing additional levee rehabilitation/revegetation work summer 2022. 


Saar Creek levee repairs November 2021

Saar Cr Levee repairs Nov 29

Timon Levee

Location: south of Timon Road

Damage: Two levee breaches along right bank (significant)

The USACE completed emergency repairs with County support following the floods in 2021. The USACE has additional levee rehabilitation work scheduled for 2023.  


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Twin View Levee

Location: upstream of SR 544 bridge

Damage: Two levee breaches along left bank (significant)

The USACE completed emergency repairs with County support following the floods in 2021. The County is completing additional levee rehabilitation and revegetation in 2022.

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