Mayor Tom Henry told residents joined residents to break ground for a flood control project that will protect the area in the future.
The low-lying area along the Fairfield Ditch in Waynedale, in particular along Dalevue Drive and Fernwood Avenue, has experienced chronic flooding since the 1950s. For more than 10 years, the City worked closely with the Army Corp of Engineers to find solutions for this flood zone area. It was hoped that the project could receive federal assistance, but with federal funds not available and another flood in the area last spring, Mayor Henry took action and moved forward with voluntary buyouts and additional flood protection measures.
The celebratory groundbreaking comes just weeks after the removal of six homes, through voluntary buyouts, from the area to create additional green space designed to hold more flow from the Fairfield Ditch.
The event on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 kicked off the building of an earthen berm, to hold back flood water, and the construction of an already planned larger diameter, 48-inch stormwater pipe and inlets. The project will protect the area up to a 100-year flood event.