July 28, 2014
Crew busy strengthening New Albany's line of flood defense
The New Albany Flood Control District approved a $2.1 million plan last October to upgrade all six pumping plants
By DANIEL SUDDEATH - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon Jul 28, 2014, 06:57 PM EDT
NEW ALBANY — The Ohio River hasn’t spilled over its shores into New Albany recently, but city leaders aren’t taking anything for granted.
Crews worked to reinstall a second pump Monday as part of an ambitious project to strengthen New Albany’s first line of flood defense.
The New Albany Flood Control District approved a $2.1 million plan last October to upgrade all six pumping plants within the city’s jurisdiction.
The pumps and motors within those plants haven’t been improved beyond routine maintenance in 60 years.
“Most of this work probably should have been done before, however, we have the opportunity to do it now so we’re going ahead with the full replacement,” New Albany Flood Control District Director Chris Gardner said.
Work launched at the end of flood season, which spans from Nov. 1 through May 31.
The improvements will include the remanufacturing of 19 pumps and motors at each of the plants. The city hopes to complete the project by Aug. 31 of 2015.
The city’s flood protection works also includes 2.81 miles of earth levee and 0.69 miles of concrete wall.
The refurbished pumps will be more powerful and able to turn away more water in case the Ohio River floods its banks.
“Hopefully we will never need it, but we will be prepared should it happen,” Mayor Jeff Gahan said.
Only minimal upgrades were made to the city’s flood protection works after they were completed in 1953, officials said.
“These pumps and motors last for 60 years, and with doing this project, hopefully they’re going to give us another 60 years of service to the city,” Gardner said.