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Levee answers sought by group
November 13, 2006, by Laura McVicker, H&N
Since an Upper Klamath Lake dike broke last June
flooding acres of farmland and a highway,
officials have wrestled with two questions: Who
owns Klamath County's dikes and what state are
A dike task force will have its first meeting
since the June failure at noon Wednesday at the
Running Y Ranch Resort conference center.
The task force hopes area dike owners and those
who maintain them will attend.
Task force members include officials from Klamath
County's emergency services, the Bureau of
Reclamation and the Corps of Engineers.
Others, including county public works department
officials, the county's watermaster and county
commissioner Bill Brown will attend.
At Wednesday's meeting, a Corps of Engineers
representative plans to explain how owners can
participate in a free federal inspection program
if they are part of special taxing districts or
associations set up for levee maintenance.
Formed after June dike break
The county's dike task force formed after June 7,
when floodwaters poured through a 200-foot breach
in the Geary Dike, causing millions of dollars in
damage and closing nearby Highway 140 for days.
Questions emerged as to who is in charge of
inspecting dikes - emergency service officials are
in charge of disaster preparedness for the county,
but aren't managers of dikes. County commissioners
don't have jurisdiction over the maintenance of
dikes, and law enforcement officials only step in
when there's a public safety risk.
“At any rate, I think this will help us all
understand the levee situation,” said Klamath
County Emergency Manager Bill Thompson.
Anyone interested in attending Wednesday's
meeting, should call Thompson at 883-5130, ext.
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