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KITTITAS COUNTY <br />PROSECUTING ATTORNEY'S OFFICE <br />AGENDA DATE: <br />ACTION REQUESTED: <br />AGENDA STAFF REPORT <br />March 1, 2011 <br />Deny Teanaway Flooding Claims For Damages <br />BACKGROUND: On January 6, 2011 Kittitas County received 18 claims for <br />damages from property owners from the Teanaway River area. These claims asserted <br />that the County owned and maintained a system of flood control dykes and levees along <br />the Teanaway River that were to protect their property and that in early January of 2009 <br />those dykes and levees failed resulting in flooding to their property. Many of the claims <br />do not state a damage amount claimed as required by RCW 4.96.020. The Department of <br />Public Works has conducted extensive studies of the various flood events and has <br />prepared reports related to each of these claims. Those reports are attached hereto and <br />incorporated herein by this reference. In short, Kittitas County does not own or maintain <br />any dykes or levees along the Teanaway River. Contrary to the assertions of the <br />claimants, many of them do own property in the FEMA designated 100 year floodplain. <br />Contrary to the assertions of many of the claimants, their property appears to have been <br />flooded by water coming from somewhere other than through any existing dyke or levee, <br />and some of the claimants do not appear to have been flooded at all during the January <br />2009 event. <br />INTERACTION: Upon receipt of the claims, the Prosecutor's Office worked with <br />Public Works to enlist their help in amassing information and reports on the flood event <br />and involved properties. Those reports and accompanying photos are attached hereto. <br />RECOMMENDATION: Deny all claims as the County does not own any dykes or <br />levees in the Teanaway River area, many of the claimants have not properly sought <br />specific damage amounts as required by statute, many of the properties were not flooded <br />by waters from any breached dyke or levee, and several of the properties do not appear to <br />actually have been flooded at all. <br />ATTACHMENTS: Claims For Damages, report from Public Works. <br />LEAD STAFF: Neil A. Caulkins, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney <br />