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  • By Jeffrey Henon, Public Affairs Office The water level at Mount St. Helens’ Spirit Lake has been controlled by a drainage tunnel since 1985. A routine inspection of the tunnel in October 2014 revealed an area where the clay-like rock had bulged upwards on the tunnel floor, reducing its height […]

    Repairs to Spirit Lake Outlet Tunnel underway

    By Jeffrey Henon, Public Affairs Office The water level at Mount St. Helens’ Spirit Lake has been controlled by a drainage tunnel since 1985. A routine inspection of the tunnel in October 2014 revealed an area where the clay-like rock had bulged upwards on the tunnel floor, reducing its height […]

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  • The winter of 1995-96 was one of the wettest on record in the Pacific Northwest. As early as November, there were signs this would be an unusual water year. Heavy rains in the last week of November and early December brought flooding in Clackamas and Tillamook counties, and in several […]

    The flood of ’96: the challenges and the Corps response

    The winter of 1995-96 was one of the wettest on record in the Pacific Northwest. As early as November, there were signs this would be an unusual water year. Heavy rains in the last week of November and early December brought flooding in Clackamas and Tillamook counties, and in several […]

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  •   Portland District’s 1200+ employees know the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is much more than dams, bridges and other building projects. People outside the Corps often don’t realize that we also help minimize flood damage, restore habitat and ecosystems, and keep river channels navigable. We have produced a video […]

    Portland District: Water Matters

      Portland District’s 1200+ employees know the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is much more than dams, bridges and other building projects. People outside the Corps often don’t realize that we also help minimize flood damage, restore habitat and ecosystems, and keep river channels navigable. We have produced a video […]

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  • Urban Search and Rescue Program sets up Structures Specialists around the world By Amy Echols, Public Affairs Office It takes specialized skills and a good dose of bravery to enter collapsed buildings. The Corps maintains a cadre of these modern heroes: 30 rescue-trained structural engineers who deploy around the world […]

    Corps’ rescue-trained engineers are ready to roll

    Urban Search and Rescue Program sets up Structures Specialists around the world By Amy Echols, Public Affairs Office It takes specialized skills and a good dose of bravery to enter collapsed buildings. The Corps maintains a cadre of these modern heroes: 30 rescue-trained structural engineers who deploy around the world […]

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  •   By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office The Pacific Northwest experienced a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 26, 1700.  316 years later, scientists tell us the Pacific Northwest is due for another very large earthquake a – from the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Pacific coast. Such a large earthquake […]

    Don’t freak out: Dams generally do well in earthquakes

      By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office The Pacific Northwest experienced a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 26, 1700.  316 years later, scientists tell us the Pacific Northwest is due for another very large earthquake a – from the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Pacific coast. Such a large earthquake […]

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  • Oregon Silver Jackets take on flood risks By  Ryan Cahill, Engineering and Construction Division   There’s no way to avoid the impacts of extreme weather events. In the northwest those extreme events often arrive in the form of floods. Big floods, like in 1948, 1964 and 1996. Oregonians are resilient people […]

    Silver is the new black … and red, blue and green

    Oregon Silver Jackets take on flood risks By  Ryan Cahill, Engineering and Construction Division   There’s no way to avoid the impacts of extreme weather events. In the northwest those extreme events often arrive in the form of floods. Big floods, like in 1948, 1964 and 1996. Oregonians are resilient people […]

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  • Myth:  I’m not in the 100-year flood zone, so I won’t flood. Fact:  Fact is we all live in a flood zone. Risk doesn’t stop at a line on a map. Twenty percent of flood insurance claims come from areas considered moderate to low risk for flooding. Expect the unexpected and […]

    Flood Risks: Myths v.s. Facts

    Myth:  I’m not in the 100-year flood zone, so I won’t flood. Fact:  Fact is we all live in a flood zone. Risk doesn’t stop at a line on a map. Twenty percent of flood insurance claims come from areas considered moderate to low risk for flooding. Expect the unexpected and […]

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  •   Seven Tips to Winterize Your Home Plan for possible isolation in your home by having sufficient alternate heating fuel; regular fuel sources may be cut off. Be sure wood stoves or space heaters are properly ventilated and observe fire safeguards. Extend the life of your heat supply by insulating […]

    Get ready for winter now

      Seven Tips to Winterize Your Home Plan for possible isolation in your home by having sufficient alternate heating fuel; regular fuel sources may be cut off. Be sure wood stoves or space heaters are properly ventilated and observe fire safeguards. Extend the life of your heat supply by insulating […]

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  •   The Oregon Silver Jackets, an interagency team that addresses flooding emergencies and flood preparedness within the state, was recently named the national 2015 Silver Jackets Team of the Year. The Silver Jackets is a national initiative under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood Risk Management Program, which leverages […]

    Oregon Silver Jackets: a model to the nation

      The Oregon Silver Jackets, an interagency team that addresses flooding emergencies and flood preparedness within the state, was recently named the national 2015 Silver Jackets Team of the Year. The Silver Jackets is a national initiative under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood Risk Management Program, which leverages […]

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  • Memories from Mark Allen, Security and Law Enforcement Office I was just a kid but I recall the Christmas Flood of 1964 very well. Below are my memories from that time – I remember going out to Sauvie Island with my family and seeing the water levels of the Columbia […]

    Remembering the Christmas Flood of 1964

    Memories from Mark Allen, Security and Law Enforcement Office I was just a kid but I recall the Christmas Flood of 1964 very well. Below are my memories from that time – I remember going out to Sauvie Island with my family and seeing the water levels of the Columbia […]

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