WHEN: Tuesday, October 11, 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: 2nd Street SE, cul-de-sac just south of 16th Avenue SE
SPEAKERS: Mayor Ron Corbett and City Manager Jeff Pomeranz
This fall, the City will begin construction of the permanent Sinclair Levee, which will run from south of the Sinclair site to 12th Avenue SE near the African American Museum. This levee will provide immediate protection for the NewBo District up to a 40 year flood. Upon completion of the entire Flood Control System, this levee will protect to the 2008 flood volume.
This $14 million project also includes a 4.4 acre detention basin that will have the capacity to store water up to 4 feet deep, and a pump station with a capacity of 2,500 gallons per minute. These improvements will be completed by the end of 2017.
In addition to these measures, construction on a second pump station in NewBo Parking Lot 44 will also be underway in fall 2016 and completed in 2018. These combined efforts represent a $20 million investment in permanent flood control for the low-lying NewBo/Sinclair area.
BACKGROUND ON FLOOD CONTROL
Permanent flood protection measures for the NewBo/Sinclair District were identified in the Cedar River Flood Control System master plan adopted by Council in June 2015. The Sinclair Levee project marks the construction of the first permanent measures since the adoption of the master plan.
Since 2008, the City has significantly reduced its flood risk. A history of risk reduction efforts includes: developed interim flood control plan; removed 1,300+ properties from the flood zone; secured GRI state funding; improved Water System and raised the City’s wells; raised buildings flooded in 2008; raised two bridges over Prairie Creek; designed and constructed the McGrath Amphitheatre levee; designed the CRST building to include a flood wall, and completed improvements to the sanitary sewer system and watershed management practices.