Commentary: Army Corps owes Pacific answers

This editorial appeared in The (Tacoma) News Tribune. Moods are anything but pacific in Pacific.

Even though floodwaters are receding, many folks in the small South King County town are still fuming – and rightfully so. It was bad enough that Mother Nature dumped her wet stuff on them; then their fellow man added insult to injury.

That's how a lot of Pacific residents are feeling after the Army Corps of Engineers added significantly to their flood misery by releasing water behind the Mud Mountain Dam Thursday with little warning.

The Corps said the release was to relieve pressure on the dam and to control flooding on the Puyallup and White rivers. Instead, floodwaters of up to 10 feet rushed into many residents' homes and displaced a fifth of the population in a watery variation on destroying the village in order to save it. The irony, of course, is that the Corps' mandate is controlling floods, not causing them.

Among the homes flooded were those in White River Estates, a development dating to 1990 that had never been flooded before. Many damaged homes are located outside of the federally designated flood plain.

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