Riverfront Cleanup Volunteer Event

Over the past week, we have received numerous requests from people and organizations wanting to volunteer in helping cleaning up the New Albany Riverfront. On Sunday, March 4th, the City of New Albany is inviting volunteers to join us for a riverfront cleanup event from 12pm-5pm. City personnel will be on site to assist and supervise, along with public safety personnel to oversee the event. The Salvation Army will also be on site and has offered to provide food and water to volunteers wishing to help.


We are asking anyone interested in participating to come to the Overlook near the Riverfront Amphitheater to check-in at 12pm. Please do not attempt to drive or park on Water Street where volunteers will be working.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear old clothes, boots, and gloves, and bring small tools like shovels and leaf rakes.

“New Albany is a city filled with generous and caring people, and we are thrilled with the community response and those wishing to give back,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan. “Thankfully, our infrastructure improvements have helped hold off the vast majority of water from reaching neighborhoods and homes, and our flood wall and levee system did its job. Thanks in advance to the residents, businesses, and organizations that donate their time and energy to this community service project.”

Due to insurance purposes, volunteers will be required to sign a waiver at check-in. If you are under the age of 18 and wish to volunteer, a parent or guardian will need to fill out the waiver for you. See below for a link for the volunteer waiver. If you are under 18, please have a parent or guardian fill out the form and bring it with you to the event.

Click HERE for the Volunteer Waiver.

Solid Flood Protection for New Albany - No Emergency Rescues, No One Displaced


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As of Tuesday afternoon, no reports of displaced residents have been made with City of New Albany offices. The New Albany Fire Department also reported that no water rescues were necessary.

“Over my 27 years of service in law enforcement, I have never seen a better response to a flood event than we have seen with this recent one in New Albany,” stated New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey.

The NAPD and NAFD had additional officers and firefighters on staff during the period to improve public safety. No calls for service were made to the NAPD or NAFD with regards to flooding issues.

“In years past for similar rain events, we would have to make numerous water rescues to save residents in neighborhoods that have been flooded. Thanks to the numerous infrastructure improvements made throughout the city, New Albany residents were not in need of water rescues from this event,” stated New Albany Fire Chief Matt Juliot.

Flood Control and Stormwater Operations Continue - Crest Projected on Monday Afternoon

Flood Control operations continue as the Ohio River reached 66.36 feet as of 4pm on Sunday. New projections are showing a crest on Monday at 1pm at a height of 67.4 feet. Water levels should begin decreasing at a slow rate, but projections anticipate the water level still being above 60 feet by next Friday (March 2nd). Pumphouses continue to operate and be staffed around the clock, moving over 200,000 gallons of water per minute.

“Our Stormwater and Flood Control systems are operating as intended,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan. “Provided that we do not receive too much additional rain through next week, we should see the water levels begin to recede soon.”


Here are some good historical reference points for the highest water level at crest:

  1. 85.4 feet on January 27th, 1937
  2. 74.4 feet on March 7th, 1945
  3. 74.4 feet on February 16th, 1884
  4. 73.4 feet on March 13th, 1964
  5. 72.7 feet on April 2nd, 1913
  6. 72.2 feet on February 16th, 1883
  7. 70.4 feet on March 7th, 1997
  8. 69.6 feet on February 21st, 1832
  9. 69.1 feet on January 22nd, 1907
  10. 68.8 feet on December 17th, 1847


Please report Stormwater issues at 812-945-1989 (7:30am-3:30pm Mon-Fri), or after-hours at 502-558-1507.

Ohio River Continues to Rise - City Continues Flood Control Operations

Flood control operations in New Albany are revving up and pump stations will be fully staffed around the clock for the next seven days, maybe more.

The Ohio River continues to rise. Current river level projections (as of 11am on 2/23/18) show the river reaching 65.9 feet on Tuesday.

Construction of the three-story West 10th street floodwall closure began yesterday at 5:00pm. The New Albany Fire Department & Flood Control District personnel completed the structure at 2:30am. The closure creates a continuous seal and prevents river water from entering into the western part of the city.

 Members of the New Albany Flood Control District & New Albany Fire Department work to complete the closure at West 10th Street.

Members of the New Albany Flood Control District & New Albany Fire Department work to complete the closure at West 10th Street.


The New Albany Police Department has increased staff and patrols for additional oversight of high water areas in and around the city. Additionally, the Flood Control District Director has met with our local EMS Director to share safety protocols and measures.

“Even though it makes for some wonderful viewing opportunities, I would encourage everyone to respect Mother Nature and the high water. The City of New Albany has a history of a high rising Ohio River, but we also have an $80 million flood control system and public asset which helps keep the river in check. Be cautious – it will be messy and inconvenient for awhile,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan.

Please report Stormwater issues at 812-945-1989 (7:30am-3:30pm Mon-Fri), or after-hours at 502-558-1507.


City Activates Pumping Plants as Ohio River Reaches "Flood Stage"

Early Tuesday morning, the Ohio River rose above 55 feet. This puts the city into a "flood stage" classification.


Last night at approximately 11 pm, the New Albany Flood Control District put two pumping stations into operation, the Falling Run Pumping Plant and the Chamber Street Pumping Plant. These two pump plants will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a staff member present until flood waters recede below the 55 feet line.

In 2014, all six pumping plants (a total of nineteen pumps) were remanufactured and had their motors replaced, and work was done to the pumping plant facilities themselves, including ventilation work, electrical and structural upgrades, and minimal facade work to improve the overall functionality of the buildings.

 Falling Run Pumping Station

Falling Run Pumping Station

 Chamber Street Pumping Plant

Chamber Street Pumping Plant

Projections as of 2/20/18 show that the river will crest sometime late Thursday evening or early Friday morning at 59 feet. This projection is based on the latest available information and is subject to change.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Falling Run Creek ponding area was pumped to its lowest elevation to increase storage capabilities for the incoming rains.

Armstrong Road and Old Ford Road (at the intersection of Armstrong and Old Ford) remain closed due to high waters.