The unlimited hydroplanes use a separate dock that connects to a nearby bulkhead. It too shows signs of erosion, though not as serious as the pads.
Shoring up the concrete pads looks like a simple matter of packing in dirt and gravel.
However, the city leases the park from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which must sign off on all work following federal review procedures.
It is unclear whether 30 days left before the boats arrive is enough time to jump through all the hoops.
Water Follies Director Cathy Powell said if the problem can’t be fixed, organizers will have to secure an alternative docking system that doesn’t rely on the connection points — at a significant cost.
The city has hired an environmental engineer to complete the permit application to the Corps. It is optimistic it will work out a solution, said spokeswoman Evelyn Lusignan, who assured that Water Follies will proceed.
Jay Cadwell of Explore More Northwest took this drone footage of the Columbia River flooding along the Kennewick and Richland shorelines.
By Jay Cadwell