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.
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.