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Federal Grant Denied for LFP Flooding Problem

Lake Forest Park's application for federal grant money was denied due to technical application errors, meanwhile, a Washington state grant fills the gap to help prepare for the next flood season.

A Washington state grant is currently helping the Lake Forest Park city officials prepare Lyon and McAleer Creeks for flood seasons in place of a denied federal grant for 2011.

Lake Forest Park's federal grant application was denied due to what FEMA called, a few technical errors in their application.

The city began taking action against the flood problem in 2008.

“We did an exhaustive study of flood issues and have a strategic plan of what we want to do to decrease these issues,” City Administrator David Cline said.

In 2011, the city applied for the $3.4 million pre-disaster mitigation grant to build a bypass in Lion Creek that would divert any excess water into Lake Washington. Currently, the overflow from Lyon Creek simply flows into McAleer Creek, causing overflow from both creeks to flood residential areas and Lake Forest Park Towne Centre. The city was instructed to include more specific calculations on the cost benefit of the bypass.

“We will apply for the exact same thing in 2012,” Cline said.

Though the 2011 federal grant was denied, the city has been given a $250,000 state grant to help prevent some flooding. This money has helped build a smaller version of the bypass in McAleer Creek. The McAleer Creek bypass is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. This bypass will help for this season, but it is not a permanent solution. Cline is very hopeful that their application for the federal grant will be a success next year.

The Lake Forest Park City Council Study Session will be focusing on the flooding issues of Lion and McAleer Creeks this Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Come to the meeting for more information about future plans as well as current actions.

Teri Howatt July 27, 2011 at 06:16 PM
For the past year, the City of Lake Forest Park has been significantly impacted by the defeat of Prop 1. After carefully pruning the budget by $922,000 in the 2009/10 budget biennium, the city had to retrench again when voters refused to consider a modest tax increase to close the Eyeman Gap caused when property values declined and tax revenue also decreased. This was not limited to Lake Forest Park, cities throughout King County faced the same issue. The message communicated by the No! campaign was: Lake Forest Park is mismanaged, find efficiencies, especially eliminate expensive staff positions! So this budget cycle, the city responded, laying off senior people as part of another series of budget cuts, saving another $824,000: http://www.cityoflfp.com/news/2011pr/pr20110721.html. The city was already scrambling to balance furloughs and reapportion work due to staff cuts, this second budget tightening really hurt. Well, you get what you (don't want to) pay for, folks.
Larry Lewis July 28, 2011 at 01:48 AM
It's really too bad the Feds turned LFP down, 'technicalities' aside, but I hold the Eymannites and those who ignorantly vote for their bad initiatives largely responsible for the bad budget situations locally. California (Prop 13), Colorado, and other states have tried that kind of approach and the results have been uniformly bad. If you remove legislators' ability to deal with the day to day and year to year exigencies government's ability to function steadily declines. I don't for a second believe LFP or the other local governments are noticably mismanaged or inefficient. It's just that some people insist on making believe they can get every benefit of government for nothing at all. Still, as I wrote in "Righting Wrongs" http://shoreline.patch.com/articles/righting-wrongs, what money we have can be better deployed in fixing the watershed, not dumping stream water into a sewer. Over time we need to 'right wrongs' (fixing what we and our predecessors have done to the streams, like moving houses, businesses and streets where necessary) so we don't need to address this again and don't need to go back and beg for grants again and again. I hope we can address this issue in a way that will stand as an example of how we can better adapt our society to our environment, and set aside the arrogant attitude of changing the world to fit our desires.

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