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July 7, 2013

Floodplain change could save Jeffersonville residents thousands



Jeffersonville’s Drainage Board issued a request for proposals to conduct an even more detailed flood mapping study.

The project was one of 11 projects planned to begin this year from the recently approved stormwater masterplan. The scope of the project consists of a flood depth mapping study for the tributary at Woodland Court to Lancassange Creek and updating a stream hydraulic study for the same tributary.

“We know there’s flooding through here, we want to know how bad it is,” Crouch said.

The city is looking for answers on whether or not floodproofing a home’s doors and windows will be enough to mitigate the flooding problems for the residents in the area or if the home would be submerged under water if a flood were to occur. The later scenario may force the city to enter into some voluntary buyouts of the affected properties.

The request for proposal would require on-site surveying and mapping of the area’s terrain.

“This is going to be much more detailed than what we gave FEMA,” Crouch said.

The proposals are due to be turned into the city by 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30.



Changes to the floodplain throughout Jeffersonville

• 75 structures added to the 100-year floodplain

• 508 structures removed from the 100-year floodplain

Changes by body of water:

Lick Run: 105 structures removed, 79 residential and 26 commercial

Ohio River: 43 structures removed, 41 residential and two commercial

Lancassange Creek and Woodland Court: 337 structures removed (primarily residential); 74 structures added (primarily residential)

Hamburg Pike: one residential structure removed, five commercial structures and five additional structures could be removed if the stream was restudied.

Mill Creek: 17 structures removed, 10 residential, seven commercial; one home added

Stormwater masterplan suggested project list for 2013:

Voluntary acquisition/floodproofing in Waverly: $43,000

Flood depth mapping/ hydraulic study in Woodland Court: $11,500

Citywide green infrastructure policy: $5,000

Citywide stormwater ordinance and technical standards update: $15,000

Citywide operations and maintenance manuals update: $ 15,000

Citywide floodplain management ordinance update: $10,000

Citywide development codes and design standards update: $$30,000

Updating hydraulic study of Lancassange Creek: $26,000

Flood depth mapping of Lancassange Creek: $6,000

Erosion mapping of Lancassange Creek: $4,000

Billing system evaluation: $50,000

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