Fairwood Community recommended for grant to help replace failing pipe

The Executive Committee of the King County Flood Control District gave its approval to a recommendation that the Fairwood West Home Owners Association (FWHOA) receive a District grant from a newly created program aimed at reducing the impact of local flooding. The recommendation was approved at the Executive Committee’s Aug. 18 meeting.

Fairwood West HOA, Molasses Creek Pipe Repair at Fairwood West HOA Park will receive $400,000 to assist in the replacement and repair of a failing pipe segment conveying Molasses Creek under the HOA Park. Total pipe failure could lead to flooding upstream and increased sedimentation downstream.

“The Flood District’s grant program targets local flood reduction projects that will help to reduce flooding in communities across King County,” said Reagan Dunn, Chair of the Flood Control District, in a press release. Dunn represents the unincorporated community of Fairwood and the Fairwood West HOA on the Flood Control District.

“This grant award addresses a longstanding issue that has markedly worsened over the last year. If left unfixed, neighborhood residents and those living downstream of the pipe are at risk of significant damage from a flooding event," he said.

“Without the aid of this King County Flood Control District grant, the Fairwood West Home Owners Association would be unable to fund a flood prevention repair that meets all current requirements,” said Adrian Ryneveld of the FWHOA. “We thank Reagan Dunn and the Flood Control District for their interest and support of this community project.”

The new grant program targets flood reduction projects throughout King County. A total of $2.6 million in grants are available in 2014, with the funds being awarded on a competitive basis by the Flood Control District.

Eligible applicants included homeowner associations, private non-profit organizations or associations, schools, special districts, tribes and King County jurisdictions. Funded projects must be completed within 36 months of receiving funds.

Final action on the recommendation will occur before the full King County Flood Control District Board of Supervisors at its upcoming meeting.

-from a press release

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