SEATTLE—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working side-by-side with the National Weather Service to predict flooding and reduce flood risks in Western Washington.
Ted Buehner of the National Weather Service says, "It's all about protecting lives and property and minimizing any threat from flooding. That's what it really boils down to."
The Army Corps gave the media a close-up look at its "Reservoir Control Center" in Seattle on Tuesday. It's a large office with lots of computer equipment and maps where crews keep a close eye on the weather and river forecasts and regulate the dams including the weakened Howard Hanson Dam.
The Reservoir Control Center is also where crews will recommend whether or not to release water from the Howard Hanson Dam which could lead to flooding. The final decision is made by the district commander.
Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Larry Schick says, "It'll be a big decision, but we're confident that we can come up to the task of giving him the most information, for him to make the most informed decision he can."
During a flood situation Schick says the Reservoir Control Center will be occupied 24/7.