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Mount Vernon repairs log boom

November 16, 2018

MOUNT VERNON — The city of Mount Vernon is making repairs this week to a flood-protection measure that was damaged by flooding in November 2017.

Public Works Director Esco Bell said the city hired a contractor to replace several damaged logs along the bank of the Skagit River near Riverwalk Park that were damaged over Thanksgiving weekend last year.

The logs form a log boom — a barrier that rises with the water level — that protects the shore from debris during flooding, he said.

Mount Vernon-based contractor Carlson Construction will work for several days on a small tug boat, removing and replacing the damaged logs, Bell said.

Replacing the logs will cost about $30,000, he said.

Bell said the logs were last maintained in the 1990s, and their age combined with jostling during last year’s flooding caused enough damage to warrant repair.

During the flooding, the river’s water level rose to the point that the log boom got caught in another of the city’s flood-protection measures — the concrete pillars along the riverbank, he said.

After the flood, Bell said there was discussion as to whether the log boom was worth repairing or if it should be removed.

Soon before summer of this year, the department decided to go through with the repairs.

“For $30,000 or less, it still provides protection,” Bell said. “It was judged (by the city) to be worth it.”

The city then had to apply for permits, which were recently granted by the state Department of Fish & Wildlife, he said.

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