This railroad embankment performs double-duty, also serving as a levee to protect Portland from Columbia River floods. It's the same levee whose spectacular failure in 1948 resulted in floods that leveled the entire city of Vanport.

This railroad embankment performs double-duty, also serving as a levee to protect Portland from Columbia River floods. It’s the same levee whose spectacular failure in 1948 resulted in floods that leveled the entire city of Vanport.

Portland Tribune

In a major boost that could bring considerable federal resources this way, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday designated the Portland levee flood-control system for a New Start Feasibility Study.

The federal agency will contribute $3 million over the next three years to study the 27-mile levee system that protects the area from Columbia River flooding, said Colin Rowan, program manager for Levee Ready Columbia.

The Army Corps study will result in recommended projects to modernize the system, Rowan said. Then the agency could petition Congress to fund some of the recommended improvements.

Usually, the feds supply more than half the costs for the recommended projects that arise from the New Start program, often 65 percent to 80 percent of the costs, Rowan said.

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