The Authority said the other projects are still priorities and it is expected that additional appropriations from the Legislature will allow money to be transferred back to the other projects for construction.
Senator Jim Hargrove and Representatives Steve Tharinger and Brian Blake have committed to advocate in the next Legislative session for the funding needed to complete the three projects. Fully funding the Montesano project provides the opportunity to construct the project potentially before the coming flood season and prevent catastrophic damage if another major flood was to occur. Even with the transfer of funds to the Montesano project there is still funding for engineering design and permits to proceed as planned for the three other projects.
The Flood Authority also adopted a new method for funding the early warning system, Lewis County will pay %64, Grays Harbor %22, and Thurston county %14 of the $55,000 annual fee.