Clear Creek Flooding

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About the Project
The project will relieve flooding within the Riverside area of Pierce County during high flows on the Puyallup River. This will prevent the Puyallup River and Clear Creek from flooding lowlands behind the levee. Approximately 400 acres of farmland, commercial and residential properties are effected by this flooding.

This project is expected to take at least 10 years to complete. The first phase will focus on property acquisitions from willing sellers in the area. Once property acquisitions are completed, a new levee system to protect infrastructure outside of the property purchase area will be constructed.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Project Goals:

  • Relieves the flooding issues of the lower Puyallup area of Riverside and the Clear Creek floodplain
  • Restores natural river and stream process
  • Improves habitat for species on the Endangered Species Act list

Clear Creek Strategy Plan

The Clear Creek Strategy Plan is in the process of being developed. The strategy plan will provide the project with a framework based on current circumstances and the goals of the project.

Interested Seller Notification

Pierce County uses grant dollars to purchase properties in the project area from willing sellers. An independent appraiser determines the fair-market value of the property.

If you have property in the Clear Creek-Riverside area and are interested in being considered for purchase by Pierce County, complete this form and send it to:
Pierce County Planning and Public Works
Attn: Helmut Schmidt
2702 S. 42nd Street, Suite 201
Tacoma, WA 98409

or email the document to Helmut Schmidt

Contact Us
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Helmut Schmidt
Project Manager
Phone: (253) 798-6164
Fax: (253) 798-7709
7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Mailing Address:
2702 S 42nd St, Ste 201
Tacoma, WA 98409-7322

In Person: Visit Suite 109