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January 16, 2013

Stormwater master plan approved for Jeffersonville

Plan will serve as a “road map” for future drainage projects

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

“When all those things are done and we have a rainstorm, we’ll be able to determine, OK here’s what’s left,” he said.

Lanz added that he anticipates the next factor that will be apparent in resolving flooding in the city is the stage at which the Cane Run pump station begins pumping water. He called it “crucial” to the drainage of Jeffersonville.

Following some discussion, City Engineer Andy Crouch asked, “does anybody have any issues in general with the master plan? Is there any reason for us not to approve this master plan and then start working towards the projects in it?”

While the board did not offer any general opposition to the plan it was originally presented with at its December meeting, several questions about details in the plan were asked, as well as how to determine the next step moving forward.

Among the questions was a city-wide flood response plan included in the master plan and whether or not that should fall under the purview of the drainage board.

“We don’t have a flood...management plan,” said Jeffersonville Stormwater Coordinator Deb Ashack. “That’s part of the recommendation is to develop one. If we don’t have stormwater we don’t have a flooding problem. The two really need to be integrated together. If we address runoff and we do it properly, then we eliminate the flooding problems.”

Lanz referenced the flooding that occurred on Aug. 4, 2009, when multiple areas of the city flooded when nearly six inches of rain fell in an hour.

“Nobody knew what to do,” he said. “That’s what we’re talking about doing here. When that stuff happens, what’s the plan?”

Siavash Beik, director of the water resource department with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC, offered that not all of the project solutions and problems will need to be resolved by the city, as some fall under the jurisdiction of other groups, and several projects could have multiple potential funding sources.

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