City marks first leg of $2.1 million capital improvement project
By DANIEL SUDDEATH email@example.com
NEW ALBANY — A major maintenance project for the New Albany Flood Control District launched Wednesday.
Two of the 19 water pumps used to push away water in the event of a flood were removed and shipped to Kansas City where they will be reconditioned, marking the first leg of a $2.1 million capital improvement project for the district.
Beyond remanufacturing 19 pumps, the project will entail improvements at each of the city’s six pumping plants including structural, electrical and ventilation work.
The city’s levee system is designed so that its gravity drainage structures close to prevent flood waters from the Ohio River from entering New Albany. However, when those structures are activated, stormwater inside the city isn’t able to make its way back to the Ohio River without the aid of the pumping plants.
According to the city, New Albany’s flood protection infrastructure includes 2.81 miles of earth levee, .69 miles of concrete wall and six pumping plants along with ramps and closures.
Flood Control received permission last year from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rehabilitate the system including improving the pumping plants and replacing motors for the 19 pumps.
“These are the original pumps from nearly 60 years ago,” Mayor Jeff Gahan stated in a news release. “They have held strong and helped protect our city with minimal repairs. Now is the time to improve our infrastructure to ensure another 60 years of protection.”
Article via the New and Tribune: http://www.newsandtribune.com/local/x1724069663/Shiny-new-pumps-New-Albany-launches-water-system-improvements