FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 29, 2017
The City Council this week will consider a resolution directing City Manager Troy Schulte to work with regional partners to develop a comprehensive strategy to decrease the negative impact of flooding along the Indian Creek and Blue River corridor.
Recent torrential rains basically shut down nearby businesses and had residents seeking shelter and relief.
Sixth District Councilmembers Scott Taylor and Kevin McManus will present the legislation on Thursday for the council to consider. This proactive approach seeks to find effective and efficient ways to implement flood-control measures aimed at identifying risks as well as improving efforts to protect the public.
Part of that effort will be the voluntary acquisition of property in both of these flood-prone areas. Schulte said he is directing his staff to seek financial aid through a Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which would cover up to 90 percent of the acquisition costs.
The City has successfully used this voluntary acquisition strategy before in areas near Brush Creek, Blue River and Indian Creek.
“Recent storms have caused historic flooding in south Kansas City,” McManus said. “These weather events damaged businesses and homes and posed a safety risk to the public. We must be proactive in developing a comprehensive strategy for flood control to protect against such events in the future.”
This multi-jurisdictional effort would likely include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, Mid-America Regional Council, the Missouri counties of Jackson and Cass, and Johnson County, Kansas.
“We need to seek solutions from a regional perspective, since the Indian Creek and the Blue River encompass multiple cities, regions, and states” Taylor said. “By working with the federal government and neighboring jurisdictions the goal is to find solutions for all communities and ease the recent flood conditions we have faced in south Kansas City.”
For more information, contact Councilman Scott Taylor, 816-513-6523; or Councilman Kevin McManus, 816-513-6525.