Swope Park Industrial Area gets federal help for flood control

June 25, 2018 - 5:41 am

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its latest work plan that includes a major flood protectino plan for the Swope Park Industrial Area.

Businesses near 75th and Cleveland have dealt with repeated floods for decades. In August 2017, torrential rains led to high-water evacuations after the Blue River overflowed its banks.

Work on the latest phase of the project is expected to begin in 2019, said Terry Leeds, KC Water director.

"There will be a kind of ring levee that will be built around the industrial park," Leeds said. "In addition to that, it will include a bridge that will go from the west to the east and land on top of the levee."

The bridge will be the only access in and out of the business park.

When completed, the project will provide protection from a 500-year storm, Leeds said.

The project is a partnership with the Army Corps, which will contribute $14 million for this phase. Stormwater GO bonds will pay the remaining $9 million.

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