Rocky Ripple Residents Upset with Flood Wall Plan
Residents gathered Tuesday to hear the latest flood wall plan. (WIBC.com photo: Reed Parker)
A meeting to discuss an Army Corps of Engineers plan for a north side flood wall has gotten Rocky Ripple residents upset.
The $14.4 million project is the third phase of the flood wall that extends from Kessler Boulevard all the way to south of 52nd Street, but it excludes Rocky Ripple.
Rocky Ripple Town President Robert Tomey says excluding the town could be disastrous. "They're just not interested in doing us, their not interested in protecting 320 homes and their not interested in protecting the utility that supplies the city of Indianapolis, the water company canal and those will both be destroyed if it floods."
DPW Director Lori Miser stated the city feels differently. "Based on their analysis there is not a cost benefit to justify including Rocky Ripple. We don't necessarily agree with that. We want to do a study,we have money set aside to do an analysis to see what can be done and how much it would cost. So that's going to be the next step."
There are two more meetings for residents to see the plan and ask questions. The meeting are scheduled for 1-3pm Thursday and 10am-Noon Saturday in the Lilly Room at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 6050 N. Meridian Street.