Winter 2021 Update

Hi all,

I hope this note finds you well.

Things seem to be moving a bit slowly with not too much new progress to report.

The Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project consists of three primary phases:

3A: From Kessler Boulevard to College Avenue,
3C: From College Avenue to approximately behind McDonald’s, and
3B: From Kessler Boulevard to Butler University.

The 3B phase consists of three segments (primarily for funding purposes):
3B(1): From Kessler Boulevard to the north edge of the Riviera property,
3B(2): From the north edge of the Riviera property to the water supply canal and flood gates, and
3B(3) From the water supply canal and flood gates to Butler University

Section 3B(1) is under City control.  The City has received a turnover letter from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) placing Sections 3A and 3C of the project under City control. The Corps currently is preparing the paperwork necessary to transfer to the City control of section 3B(2).

Work remaining on Section 3B(3) includes placing additional rebar steel in the roadway at 52nd street to increase structural integrity along the foundation of the flood wall crossing there, and testing for proper operation the passive, folding floodwall sections within Section 3B(3).  The Corps now works to develop a bid package soliciting proposals to complete this work.

Critical project steps remaining include completing the work above and completing for submission to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) by the Corps’ Levee Safety Section the final project Certification Report. The City’s project manager expects the above work to be completed in four (4) to six (6) months with final accreditation to occur within a neighborhood surrounding late 2021.  Again, the project manager indicates accreditation likely is a matter of when, and not if.

Generally, certification by the Corps and final FEMA accreditation of the project requires:

(1) Demonstration the project will not increase flood elevations along the project area and upstream. This requires computer modelling, the parameters of which must be agreed upon by both the Corps and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”). This work substantially is complete and under review by FEMA.

(2) A statement by the Corps to FEMA that the project meets all standards set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (“CFR”) required for accreditation.

Thanks, and please let me know if you have any questions.

Jim Polito


One thought on “Winter 2021 Update

  1. Very interesting. As new homeowners in the area we very much appreciate all of these updates. Does the work at 52st prevent the FEMA accreditation of phase 3A? Or must they all be accredited together? Also it seems that based on your verbiage it seems the city is confident that after the work is complete accreditation will take 4 months or less. Is there any indication of further delays due to FEMA? Also after FEMA accreditation, would flood insurance requirements be lifted immediately or would there be more activities which would need to occur after accreditation?


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