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Public input points to preferred improvements in Ski Hill Basin

The Chelan County Flood Control Zone District is moving ahead with investigating measures that will provide relief to water runoff issues in the Ski Hill Basin in north Leavenworth.

Following a community survey earlier this year that asked for input on potential relief measures, the district’s consultant is putting together a proposed improvement plan to the storm water conveyance system on Titus and Detillion roads. The consultant will be looking at ditching and culverts and any opportunities for runoff relief near the Ski Hill Lodge area.

The move comes at the direction of the Chelan County commissioners, who serve as the district’s Board of Supervisors.

A survey earlier this year asked the community to review six alternatives that mitigate, to various degrees and costs, flooding in the Ski Hill Basin. With the help of the community, the flood control district has narrowed its sights on improvements to Titus and Detillion roads, referred to as Alternative 4 in the community survey.

“Nearly 250 people reviewed all the alternatives from our consultant team,” said Eric Pierson, administrator of the Flood Control Zone District. “We used their comments and feedback to narrow our focus on this project. Property owners in the basin really are the best witnesses to the extent of the runoff problems in the Ski Hill area.”

The county’s consultant team also will look at how much the improvements will cost. A proposed plan is expected to be submitted to the district by early fall, Pierson said.

Located just north of the city of Leavenworth, the Ski Hill Basin stretches from the Cascade Range to the Wenatchee River. It includes national forest lands and the Ski Hill Lodge as well as residential and commercial areas. In most recent years, the area west of Titus Road has seen much residential development and growth.

The 2017 Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan, also a project of the FCZD, identified Ski Hill as a top priority for flood mitigation efforts and called for an analysis of the basin to form an action plan for reducing flooding impacts to public and private property within Chelan County and the city limits of Leavenworth.

Read the full Public Outreach Report on the project's webpage.

 

Last Updated: 08/24/2021 09:05 AM

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