A long-standing saga involving the Army Corps of Engineers,

the City of Indianapolis, the Town

of Rocky Ripple

and 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

for 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 michael.turner@usace.army.mil.

-Rebecca Townsend


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