As part of their Map Modernization Program, FEMA has initiated a countywide Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) for the Port of Camas-Washougal. FEMA has implemented a policy to recertify all levees currently depicted on the effective FIRM as providing protection from the base flood.
The purpose of this project is to allow the existing levees to be recertified which will allow FEMA to continue accepting the levees as providing protection of area within the City of Washougal and Port of Camas-Washougal.
Earlier this year, the Port solicited proposals from qualified engineering firms to recertify the levee. On July 19, 2011 the contract was awarded to Cornforth Consultants, Inc., and core sampling on the 5-mile stretch of the levee began. During the recertification process the engineers will be completing a Freeboard, embankment protection, embankment and foundation stability analysis, as well as review of closures on the levee.
The other phases will include: • Completion of Operations and Maintenance Manual • Interior Drainage Analysis Review • Analysis of Potential Settlement and Loss of Freeboard • and Certified As-Built Plans.
The Port is currently working with US Fish & Wildlife as a potential Federal sponsor for the Port's levee recertification project. Simultaneously, the Port is soliciting proposals from qualified engineering firms to accomplish the recertification, in the event a federal sponsor is unavailable to complete this project within the timeline set by FEMA. The Port is required to pay for the project whether federal sponsorship is available or a private firm is used. Proposals in response to the RFP are due June 10, 2011.