U.S Army Corps Of Engineers Announces Repairs For Howard Hanson Dam

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The United States Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday announced two new projects it hopes will stop water seepage at the Howard Hanson Dam in eastern King County.

One project involves building a grout wall around the abutment where water has been seeping. The other is a project that will increase drainage in a tunnel in the dam.

The funding for the two projects will come from federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The projects should be good news for the cities of Renton, Tukwila, Kent and Auburn -- which could be affected by floods this winter.

The dam holds back water from the Eagle Gorge Reservoir. Last January, engineers first detected the water seepage in one of the dam's abutments, after record-high water levels.

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