Washington, D.C.—Good news for you if you live, work or drive through the Kent Valley.
Today Senator Patty Murray secured $44 million in emergency funding from the Senate Appropriations Committee to help prevent flooding on the Green River.
If it passes the full Senate, it'll pay for emergency repairs at Howard Hanson dam by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Heavy rainfall in January of 2009 weakened the dam, increasing the risk of the flooding on the river.
"As soon as the Corps has the money they can begin the process of doing the interim fix this summer," Murray said. "We're in a very tight window because they have to do this interim fix before the rain begins next fall. That's why it was so important to get it on this bill."
If the river does flood, it would affect 170,000 Kent Valley residents and another 95,000 people who work there.
Murray will join other regional and local leaders, including Renton Mayor Denis Law, Friday at Russell road Park along the Green River in Kent to discuss the appropriation.