Flood Problem May Get Solved With Adaptable Barrier

By Jeff Neumeyer

October 20, 2010 Updated Oct 20, 2010 at 5:28 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Residents hounded by flooding problems in Fort Wayne's West Central neighborhood may get relief in the form of a temporary floodwall.

At least three times in the past five years, homes located near the intersection of Berry Street and Thieve Drive have had flood waters rising near their front doors.

Wednesday, the Board of Public Works approved a $95,000 study looking into the idea of constructing a short wall along the St. Mary’s River that can be boosted higher with metal panels when a big rain event hits.

David Ross/Fort Wayne City Engineer: " You put in the beams, raise the panels up to the level that you forecast the flood to crest at, and when it's finished you take them down and you've got the view of the river again."

A river greenway trail is also envisioned on the backside of the new barrier.

Construction can't occur until the city comes up with the more than $1-million needed to pay for the wall.

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