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July 2, 2013

Pump station plans presented, no action taken


About 11,000 residences in Jeffersonville and Clarksville would see a rate increase if the Jeffersonville City Council agrees to move forward on a plan to mitigate flooding in the area.

The Jeffersonville-Clarksville Flood Control District held a joint workshop with the Jeffersonville City Council to discuss a $7.5 million bond to make repairs to the Cane Run and Mill Creek pump stations. 

A request to allow the joint flood control district to seek the bond has been a plan on hold since February. No action was taken to seek the bond due to several unanswered questions that lingered about the project. To help answer some of the concerns, a watershed study was conducted. The recommendations were recently presented to the joint flood control district and the town of Clarksville to repair only the Cane Run pump station.

The Clarksville Town Council approved its resolution to allow the joint flood control district to seek the bond. The flood control district has also approved seeking the bond. However, the resolution that would allow the joint flood control board to move forward on securing the bond was not on the Jeffersonville city council’s agenda Monday night. It is expected to be on the agenda for the council’s July 15 meeting.



John Herriford, engineer with Strand Associates Inc., which conducted the watershed analysis, gave a brief overview of the project and its purpose.

He explained the purpose of the watershed analysis was to determine the peak ponding elevation inside the floodwall for different amounts of rainwater. Based on how much water is being held in the area, the Cane Run and Mill Creek pump stations would turn on to force the water into the Ohio River. By removing the water from the ponding area, it would allow the stormwater systems in both municipalities to flow, moving potentially backed up water out of the sewers. The long-recommended and expected plan to mitigate the flooding was to lower the level at which the pumps in the two stations would turn on.

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