A long-standing saga involving the Army Corps of Engineers,
the City of Indianapolis, the Town of Rocky Ripple
of Rocky Rippleand the White River continues.
As the Corps prepares to construct the final segment of a
levee system aimed to provide better flood protection to an estimated 1,500
homes and businesses throughout the project area from Broad Ripple to Butler,
the fate of Rocky Ripple remains uncertain.
The Corps' favored approach to completing the third and
final segment of its Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project
North Flood Damage Reduction Projectfor the White River would exclude
Rocky Ripple and, many residents fear, may exacerbate the flooding issues
within the town.
Engineers have outlined several other options, as well,
including a so-called Rocky Ripple alignment that would offer greater flood
protection to the town's residents but dozens would lose their homes as eminent
domain would necessitate the taking of an estimated 43 structures, including 22
riverside houses. The Corps is not currently promoting this plan because it will
cost an estimated $35.9 million more than its favored option and would require Congressional
The various proposals, along with renderings of how different
scenarios would affect property and environment, are outlined in a Draft
Supplemental Environmental Impact Study (DSEIS) available online at bit.ly/indynorth. A copy is also available
at Central Library.
The Corps will consider and respond to the collected
feedback in a final study, which also will be subject to public review, before
collaborating with the city to determine the project's ultimate scope and cost.
The deadline to comment on the plan is Aug. 31. Digital
responses may be emailed to email@example.com.