City Leaders Break Ground on Flood Control Project

Published 04/22 2014 06:49PM

Updated 04/23 2014 09:38AM

Residents in a Waynedale neighborhood that has chronically flooded for more than 60 years are now expressing relief. Leaders with the City of Fort Wayne have announced the start of a new project that will protect neighbors particularly in the area of Fernwood and Dalevue drive.

This open field used to be home to several families. After constant waist deep flooding they were bought out, and their homes demolished. Now the city is using this ground for a flood project to protect surrounding neighbors.

"It's a big relief, we can kind of relax and rest a little bit more," said Marge Norton, a resident of six decades near the intersection of Fernwood and Dalevue. Norton was neighbors with the six families who lived next to Fairfield Ditch.

"It's good to see this happen because we went through a lot of water. We had water in our home twice," she said.

In place of those homes will be green space. The city will be working on the neighborhoods storm sewers and will build an earthen berm to block water from reaching the homes. In the past, FEMA has supported this area financially. However, these projects will be paid with tax dollars.

"We can’t wait another ten years to protect the homes the citizens have suffered too much,” said Bob Kennedy, Director of City Utilities. “So we're glad were able to fund the local projects and get the remaining homes protected.”

Lisa Allphin has lived up the street for 22-years. She agrees it's a good investment.

"It’ll make things much nicer for us, a lot less sleepless nights when it’s raining," said Allphin.

The project is expected to be complete September 2014.

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