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Flooding at Hoh River Affects Near-By Tribes

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The Northern boundary of the Hoh Reservation lies between the Hoh River and the Pacific Ocean on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. With only a few hundred acres of reservation land, mostly within a flood plain, the Hoh tribe is now moving to higher ground.

In the beginning people lived at the mouth of  the river in a small cluster of homes, but the threat of flooding and tsunami tidal waves forced the village to move to higher ground. For 30 years the tribal offices and community service buildings have stayed at the same location, next to the river about a half-mile from the beach, but once again the village has to move because of flooding.

In order to get ready for the next flood, funding was started to help the village move. New buildings will house tribal government and social programs. There will be a fisheries building, a Social Services Program trailer (for food services) and there will also be a Chief Klia Wellness Center.

Realizing the river could continue to take more and more of the reservation, tribal leaders have purchase land on highway 101, well away from the river.