Bucoda’s drinking water system will be better protected from high water during the next Skookumchuck River flood.
A project to raise and extend the existing levee around the town’s wellhead is nearly complete, according to Mayor Alan Carr. Crews raised the levee about 5 feet.
The $305,000 project, scheduled to be finished next month, had two change orders for the removal of a big dirt pile and the addition of a fence, but still came in under budget by about $35,000. That leftover money will likely go toward other Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority projects because the Bucoda levee project was funded by state money awarded to the Flood Authority. It is one of 22 flood control projects underway in the Chehalis Basin.
The elevated levee will protect against events similar to the 2009 flood, according to the Flood Authority.
Town officials view the project as essential to protecting the municipal water system, including the wellhead, pumps, generator and equipment.
The new chain-link security fence around the well facility was completed last week.
The levee project was initially approved on Aug. 2, 2012, by the Flood Authority and Chehalis Tribe. Construction began in April this year.