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Mount Vernon Floodwall Approval

June 19, 2019


  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued the City of Mount Vernon a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) for the City’s flood protection infrastructure (floodwall)


  • The City’s preliminary work on the floodwall dates back to 2004. Groundbreaking in 2009. Work complete in late 2017


  • The floodwall cost $30,914,770; and was completed over the past decade in 3 phases


  • Funding for the floodwall

o   28% City of Mount Vernon

o   43% Washington State

o   10% Federal

o   19% Local


  • City has entered into a required 90-day public comment period, to end October 25, 2019


  • The floodwall protects vital downtown property, commerce and infrastructure from small and large flood events; and removes the downtown from the FEMA 100-year base flood elevation


  • Floodwall project is a key component of the City’s comprehensive Downtown Redevelopment Plan; and added the Riverwalk and Riverwalk Plaza to downtown riverfront area


  • City anticipates additional interest from developers and businesses looking to invest in the city’s Downtown Core.


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