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Rocky Ripple residents plead for flood protection

Floods and FloodingU.S. Army

Homeowners living in the Rocky Ripple neighborhood voiced their concerns over a flood protection plan during a public hearing, Thursday evening.

The Indy North Floodwall and Levee Project is designed to protect 1,500 homes in the Broad Ripple, Warfleigh, and Butler-Turkington neighborhoods. It currently does not include the Rocky Ripple area.

In the 1990’s, the Rocky Ripple council opted out of the original flood protection plan, but now residents want in.

"Our lives are at stake and we're asking to be included like everyone else is in this project,” one resident told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corp's stance is that it is simply not feasible to include the neighborhood now. If it did, houses would have to be demolished and the already $14 million dollar project would cost $35 million more, all to protect about 200 extra homes.

"We compete on a national level for those dollars and so this is going to drive that cost ratio down to the point that it will probably never get federal funding,” explained Col. Luke Leonard. “So it places the whole project from Broad Ripple down to Butler Tarkington in jeopardy for ever getting complete."

Rocky Ripple resident didn’t buy that. They believe there has to be an alternative way to protect their homes.

The Corps will consider the public’s comments before moving forward. Some residents told Fox 59, the City could step in and call on Congress to order a re-evaluation of the plan.

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