Federal Funds Will Clean-Up Flood Debris on Harrods Creek
Friday June 3, 2011
Assistance coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
A massive logjam clogging Harrod’s Creek will soon be removed, thanks to federal funding secured by the city, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday. Large trees, limbs and other debris from flooding this spring is blocking part of the creek near U.S. Highway 42, preventing boats from passing through to the Ohio River.
Metro Public Works and Assets has been working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to secure funding through the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program, under the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The EWP program funds 75-percent of the work needed to remove the debris.
The community being assisted is required to fund the additional 25-percent required to complete the work. Councilman Kelly Downard (R-District 16) has committed to providing that remaining funding.
“This logjam problem is not only an environmental concern, but it has also been a huge obstacle for residents who live along the creek and use it to access the Ohio River,” Fischer said. “I’m pleased we were able to work together to find a solution and secure this federal funding.”
“I would like to thank the NRCS and the Mayor’s office for listening to the residents of this area and realizing the seriousness of the situation,” Downard said. “The cooperation of all levels of government is helping to resolve this matter before further damage occurs.”
The process to get the work underway is expected to move quickly due to the state of emergency Fischer declared for the area in May.
Public Works is currently seeking estimates for the clean-up from several contractors. Once one is selected, the USDA will have to approve the company’s plan to dispose of the debris. Work could begin as soon as late next week.