(Kansas City, MO) – KC Water will celebrate the beginning of construction for the Swope Park Industrial Area Flood Risk Reduction Project with a groundbreaking ceremony this Friday, November 1, 2019.
The Swope Park Industrial Area, located near 75th Street and Cleveland has coped with severe flooding in years past. In August of 2017, a torrential rainstorm led to high-water evacuations for workers and customers in the area after the Blue River overflowed its banks.
This project will minimize flooding in the area and, when completed, provide protection from a 500-year storm. The area will include a concrete flood protection wall and, in a separate city project, an embankment for a fly-over bridge.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has appropriated approximately $23 million for this phase and Stormwater GO KC bonds will pay for the remaining roughly $9 million.
“We are pleased to be working with the Corps on yet another flood protection project for Kansas City and we’re thankful to the voters of Kansas City who approved GO bonds for projects like these. This will help employers in this area who have been tormented by flooding for years,” said KC Water Director Terry Leeds.
WHO: KC Water Director, Terry Leeds; City Manager Troy Schulte; Council Members Ryana Parks-Shaw and Lee Barnes, Jr.; and Col. William Hannan Jr. of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony for Swope Park Industrial Area Flood Risk Reduction Project
WHEN: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Swope Park Industrial Area, 7581 Manchester Tfwy. Kansas City, MO (southeast corner of building)
For more information contact Heather Frierson, KC Water Media Relations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org 816-513-0280, cell 816-674-0211.
KC Water maintains and operates water treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management systems, and wastewater collection and treatment systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City area. KC Water is primarily funded by fees charged to customers based on their use or impacts on the three utility systems.