Repairs continue on Taholah seawall

The Corps of Engineers and Quinault Indian Nation are planning more repairs to the Taholah seawall, where the lower part of the village sits between the Quinault River and the Ocean.

The Corps hopes to have a plan approved by the end of June so that work can be completed before the stormy weather returns, said Doug Weber, chief of emergency management for the Seattle district.

“We’d like to get it on the fast track and get it done before fall,” he said.

A storm breached the wall in March. Water flooded a smokehouse and several other outbuildings and threatened homes. The tribe declared a coastal flooding emergency, issued a voluntary evacuation advisory and asked for federal help.

The Corps sent dump trucks with 4,500 tons of rock to reinforce the seawall.

It needs more reshaping, which will likely take about a month of work, said Weber. The Corps has the money in flood control and coastal emergency funds, he said.

Longer-range plans are in progress to move the lower village to higher ground where the tribal administration buildings and health clinic are already located.




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