Indianapolis has yet another opportunity to engage in a "World-Class" city initiative: The creation of a devastated New Orleans-style 9th Ward.
Via their White River (North) Flood Reduction project the Corps is ready and eager to create Indianapolis' very own version of that well-known New Orleans' community. A project of this sort would certainly result in the same kind of destruction and accompanying publicity that the ruined New Orleans area received.
The Indianapolis community slated for sacrifice is the small community of Rocky Ripple.
To achieve their goal the Army Corps of Engineers has devised an ingenious plan to "wall out" the Town of Rocky Ripple.In the event of a calamitous flood on the White River the town would be on the "wrong side" of the proposed wall. This would ensure the inundated homes, ruined lives, and possible loss of life necessary to create an area of this sort. While two bridges over the Historic Central Canal do lead into and out of the community, the Corps suggests the City of Indianapolis be responsible for sand-bagging to block the bridges off during the flood event.If the new Lucas Oil Stadium were to be used as temporary housing for the displaced victims, the comparison to New Orleans would be startlingly complete.
Of several plans the Corps put forward one actually offered flood protection for the Town. However a cost / benefit study revealed that compared to the value in creating a new devastated "9th Ward-style" area ... protecting 700 plus people is just not worth it.
For the Corps' plan to proceed — and so voters can know where to place credit for the creation of the newly blighted area — City of Indianapolis officials and the Mayor must publicly approve the "9th Ward" plan.
Other politicians are far luckier: Their fingerprints will be traced to the project merely by remaining silent. Indeed, they'd actually have to voice opposition in order to distance themselves from the plan – in which case they'd forfeit all credit for the new disaster area
Some resistance is expected. There are those who will speak out against the plan. But in sheer terms of reputation as a City, and as an attitude toward its own citizens – nothing can quite compare to a New Orleans-style tragedy. Recognition for something this big doesn't come along everyday.
Editors' note: On Saturday, come to a planned action protesting floodwall plans in Rocky Ripple.