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Flood Hazard Reduction Program

The goal of Whatcom County's Flood Hazard Reduction Program is to implement projects that will reduce future flood damages and public expenditures to repair damaged areas.  The comprehensive flood hazard management planning efforts identify projects implemented under this program.  The planning process involves: characterization of flood problems, evaluation of alternatives to solve the problems, and identification of an overall plan identifying specific projects to reduce future flood damages and expenditures.

Once a plan is adopted, identified projects are developed and implemented under the county's Flood Hazard Reduction Program.  The development of flood hazard reduction projects within the context of comprehensive flood hazard management planning ensures problems are not transferred to another location within the basin and that project implementation will result in a long-term reduction in flood damages and public expenditures throughout the basin.

Repetitive flood loss property on Marine Drive before and after acquisition project:
Before After

The process of project implementation includes detailed analysis and design, permitting, and construction.  Flood hazard reduction projects can be either structural or nonstructural in nature.

Examples of structural measures considered for the Lower Nooksack River include the construction of setback levees and overflow spillways, and designation of overflow corridors in overbank areas.  The primary flood hazard reduction project in the Saar Creek basin, addressing long-term flood problems,was the construction of a sediment trap.

Nonstructural flood hazard reduction projects include acquisition, relocation, and elevation of flood-prone structures.  The repetitive flood loss acquisition project is an example of this type of project.